Cinema 4

Luis Vigoreaux Avenue,

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Cinema 4

This single screen theater was built next to Channel 4’s tv studios and hence its name. Although owned by channel 4 it was run by Caribbean Cinemas. The Cinema 4 opened in November 1972.

It featured first run movies and was the neighborhood movie house for the ever growing Guaynabo (a city next to San Juan) population. For years it was a popular, prestigious theater, although the sound wasn’t that great.

In the 1980’s its main competition came from the Guaynabo duplex close by. By the mid 1980’s it lost a bit of its luster and was not up to par with the more modern Caribbean Cinemas movie houses.

Finally, with the completion of the San Patricio mall cinemas close by, the Cinema 4 closed down in March 1998.

It is now a studio for Channel 4 where many of its popular local live shows are filmed.

Contributed by Jose Mendez

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JSA on January 8, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Notes on Cinema 4: In addition to first run movies, it screened some re-issues from time to time. For example, during the late 70’s to early 80’s it played “Woodstock” and “Ben-Hur”. This theater probably had 70 MM capability as well, but cannot confirm it. Other movies I saw there were “The Neptune Factor”, Disney’s “Island at the Top of the World” and “All of Me”.


darkpitch07 on May 9, 2010 at 12:40 pm

The site is now named “Estudio Luis Vigoreaux”, named after the famous TV show host/producer/writer/actor who worked a WAPA-TV until his murder in January 1983. The number of seats were gretly reduced and a lot of high-tech production equipment was installed. Inaugurated in 2006.

TLSLOEWS on May 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Thanks for the info Eric.

rrstar96 on September 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Let’s see if I remember well. In the early 1980s, Cinema 4 doubled as a TV studio on Saturday evenings when Vigoreaux’s sons Luisito and Roberto hosted a game/variety show.

kishka on September 26, 2010 at 3:28 pm

This was a large movie theater. I remember seeing many movies in Cinema 4: all of me, the jerk, fm, porky’s.

rrstar96 on August 4, 2011 at 6:08 am

Other films that played at Cinema 4 were “Capricorn One”, “Buffalo Bill and the Indians”, and “Chosen Survivors”.

joelmatos on September 2, 2011 at 9:48 am

Cinema 4 opens on november 8, 1972 its have 1117 seats, later in 1985 the used to telecast a live show Sabado en Grande and its have 957 seats. Cinema 4 close on March 10 1998 with the film Titanic.

decojunkie on July 2, 2012 at 2:55 am

The last movie I saw there was Who Framed Roger Rabbit.. at that point in my life I was really, really down and hopeless, and WHAM! That cartoon made me smile and laugh! I didn’t realize Cinema 4 was so big! 1117 seats is huge!

rrstar96 on June 4, 2013 at 9:20 am

Cinema 4 was also rented out for graduation ceremonies, such as the one for one of my sisters in 1975.

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