Cine Marti


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Functions: Movies

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Teatro Irijoa, Teatro Eden Garden

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Cine Marti

Located in the city centre at the corner of Dragones and Zulueta. The Teatro Irijoa was opened in June 1884. It became the Teatro Eden Garden in 1899, and in 1900 was re-named Cine Marti. Cine Marti was closed in 1977 due to a ceiling collapse. It was renovated in 2013 and reopened in early 2014.

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guarina on June 25, 2013 at 3:06 am

This simple, elegant neoclassical theater was inaugurated with the last name of its Basque proprietor, Ricardo Irijoa, on 8 June, 1884, with an amateur show for the benefit of El Buen Pastor convent. It presented Santiago Pubillones' circus and Puccini’s opera “La Bohéme”. It was the first theater converted to cinematography in 1897. It was bought by Enrique Pastoriza in 1899 and named Edén Garden. In 1900 it was renamed Martí and was home to the Assembly which drew the Constitution for the Republic founded on 20 May, 1902. It closed in 1977, when its ceiling collapsed.

elmorovivo on March 22, 2014 at 11:52 pm

The Marti Theater renovation is completed and has been reopened.

jedparadies on April 11, 2015 at 9:39 pm

Dear Guarnia, Do you know any pre-Castro theaters in Havana owned or managed by Harry Kalmine from Warner Theaters? Thank you, Jed

guarina on April 28, 2015 at 10:13 am

Dear Jed, Off the top of my head I’d say the Warner, at Calle L #363 y 23, in the CMQ building, it opened on December 23, 1947. It was renamed Radiocentro, I saw “los Chavales de España” (Luis Tamayo, José Lara) perform there in 1950, it showed Cinerama, was later renamed Yara. Regards, Guarina

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