Teatro America

Jose Julian Acosta Street,
Vega Baja

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Architects: Pablo Eguia Maguregi

Functions: Live Theatre, Movies

Styles: Art Deco

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Teatro America

It is a nice pink Art Deco style movie theatre, opened in 1924. It was designed by the Basque emigrant Pablo Eguia Maguregi and was renovated in an Art Deco style in 1942.

The Teatro America operated as a movie theatre until 1985, when it was closed. After restoration, it re-opened in 2001, but now is a live theatre venue, although it screens occasional movies.

Contributed by Jose Otero Buenaga, Ken Roe

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LUISMEL on June 15, 2007 at 6:16 pm

I remember going to this theater when I went to Puerto Rico. They use to run a different movie everyday except on sunday and monday when they would play the newest movies of course about 8 or 9 months after it had open else where. It also had a marquee which I see is missing. don’t know how many it seated but it was pretty big.

Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on September 7, 2009 at 5:19 pm

The link above has expired. Does anyone know if this theater has completed its restoration?

Jorge on November 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I lived in Puerto Rico for only a short 3 years during the mid 80s & recently visited there after a long hiatus…the theater is still there, but it seems it does not operate as a MOVIE theater anymore…I took a peek inside & there are fold up chairs & a stage (no screen that I can see), according to a friend of the family (who has lived in Vega Baja her whole life), she says she has seen her share of “plays” there & can’t remember WHEN they stopped showing movies, so I’m assuming it is operating strictly as a performing arts center for the small town of Vega Baja.

I lived there when I was in the 5th-6th grade, so this theater has a sweet spot from my youth…I have fond memories of seeing movies like The Goonies, Fright Night, Return of the Living Dead, A View To A Kill & several others that escape me at the moment. On my recent trip back, I believe I took a photo of the very front of the theater. I will try my darnest to upload it to Photobucket in the next few days & copy the link over here.

Jorge on November 3, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Geez, I need to read the above captions better…I see it is already KNOWN it stopped working as a theater around 1985..which is around the time I had my above posted memories…it must’ve close shortly after, how sad. As LUISMEL above said, I remember talking to my cousin (who lived in NYC) on the phone & he’d already seen movies that were still a long ways from being screened at the America! I also remember they only showed movies at night…maybe 2 showings, like one at 7:30pm & another at 9:30pm & the popcorn was always “stale” & was always pretty dirty inside…now I know WHY, considering it was pretty much at the end of its “movie theater” run.

angelmel1985 on May 3, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Jorge is correct. They would only show movies at night, except on Sundays when they had an extra showing at 3pm. Tuesdays was XXX night. The guy that worked the projector was terrible. In 1979 or 1980, can’t remember exact year, they turned it into a double screen theater and they changed the name to Vega Baja 1 & Vega Baja 2. Terrible idea. I guess they figured that out and went back to a 1 screen theater.

Teatroamerica on June 17, 2014 at 11:01 am

It’s a pretty pink room Art Deco cinema opened in 1942. It was designed by the Basque emigrant Paul Eguía Maguregi and was renovated in an Art Deco style

The American Theatre operated as a movie theater until 1985, when it was closed. After restoration, it reopened in 2001, but is now a place of live theater and occasions presents films, documentaries and short films.

This coming 2015 will re open the Fenix ​​Theatre and present movies all week. What is written above personal information Theatre Information at 787-855-2223.

Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on June 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm

What great news!!!!! Congrats and all the best!

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