Cines Plaza 1 & 2
Plaza Las Americas,
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These were the first shopping mall movie theaters in Puerto Rico. They were located at Plaza Las Americas, the island’s biggest mall. Both theaters were huge, but Plaza 1 had the bigger auditorium. In spite of being mall theaters, they were built in the style of huge Cinerama-type theaters. These theaters were very successful and instrumental in drawing people away from the Santurce movie houses. Most of the movies that played here also played in the Santurce area, but moviegoers were becoming attracted by the idea of shopping and going to the movies in one place.
In the 1990’s Cinevista, the theater’s owners, built other more conventional theaters in Plaza Las Americas and the Plaza 1 & 2 were becoming white elephants. They were closed in 1998 and were later torn down to create the island’s first Macy’s store.
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