Cine Yara

Calle L 363,

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Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Martin Dominguez, Miguel Gaston, Emilio del Junco III

Firms: Junco, Gaston & Dominguez

Functions: Movies (Film Festivals), Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Teatro Warner Radiocentro

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In the days of Cinerama in Havana Cuba

Cine Yara was built between 1945 and 1947, it opened on 23rd December 1947 as the Teatro Warner Radiocentro with 1,650 seats, and was operated by Warner Bros. It is located in the Vedado district of Havana on Calle L at Esquina 23.

It is a pioneering building of the ‘Modern Movement’ in Cuba and was designed by architects Emilio de Junco III, Miguel Gaston and Manuel Domiguez. The cinema is part of a complex which includes an office block that contains its stage fly-tower. The main auditorium is used for film, with three 30-seat capacity rooms for video projection, located upstairs.

It is considered the ‘main’ cinema in Havana and hosts many film festivals and gala screenings. In 2015 it became one of the first cinemas in Cuba to be equipped with digital projection. It retained a 35mm projector to allow screening classic films.

Contributed by Lost Memory

Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

tommyboy on January 3, 2012 at 8:30 am

Hi have just posted picture of when it was Radio Centro Cinerama

guarina on May 18, 2012 at 10:25 am

Lostmemory, I have a list of most (134) movie theaters and a few photographs in Havana and environs, with their seating capacity. Does the site have an e-mail address where I could send it? I’m not on Facebook, YouTube, don’t have a scanner, don’t tweet or anything modern, my limit is e-mail.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 18, 2012 at 10:47 am

Guarina. If you click on ‘About’ at the top right of the page, you will be sent to a page which will give details of how to contact us by clicking ‘Contact’. You can send your list & photos to us by clicking on the ‘theatre updates’ address….

guarina on May 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm

This theater first opened on December 23, 1947 with the name Warner (Warner-Pathé) as part of the CMQ Radiocentro complex, owned by brothers Goar and Abel Mestre. I remember seeing Los Chavales de España on stage. It was later adapted for Cinerama. It is erroneously positioned on the street map in El Cerro, it was on L and 23 Streets in Vedado.

Cimarron on February 2, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Pic of Cine Yara in 1940’s as Warner, added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on March 9, 2014 at 11:01 pm

guarina, are the newer digital projection / film systems in use in this or other Cuban Theater’s? Just curious about the fascinating Cuban Theater history and evolution. Thanks

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 3, 2015 at 12:36 pm

This vintage photo of the Warner from the University of Miami Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection probably dates from 1949 or 1950. The feature film on the marquee, Los amantes, starring Cornel Wilde and Patricia Knight, was originally released in the United States in 1949 as Shockproof.

guarina on April 27, 2015 at 8:22 pm

Cimarron, I left Cuba in July 1961 and don’t know what systems are in use now, but, judging by the decay of quality of life in the last half a century, I doubt they have any new digital systems. You just have to look at the state of the facades.

Cimarron on April 28, 2015 at 4:31 pm

guarina, that makes sense. Hopefully, things will improve for the Cuban People and Country. Thanks

guarina on May 13, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Yara is a river in Oriente province.

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