By:Paolo M. Bustamante
The Bellevue Theater is the only Neo-Mudejar structure that I know and one of the oldest remaining pre-war stand-alone movie theaters in Manila. But what is Neo-Medejar?
Built during 1931, it is located in Paco Manila. It was owned by ALC Theater Circuit then by Enrique Gruenberg. The Gruenberg Brothers owned numerous theaters during the 60's but when Enrique died, the family started selling the theater. Then Antonio Chua bought the Bellevue because of his love for movies.
After some time they wanted to demolish the theater, but instead they were convinced to keep the facade and demolish the interior. It is now an ukay-ukay store (store wherein they sell second hand clothes).