By: Paolo M. Bustamante
The Roben Theater was erected during the early 1970's. It is located in C.M. Recto in Rizal Avenue Manila a place where stand-alone Movies were everywhere. Before it was a haven for people who are looking for a good time, a place to relax and a place where you can just lean back and enjoy the show, but now a lot of people say that it is a haven of prostitution.
A lot has happened to the Filipino Movies through the years, but during the 70's it is the revolutionary/experimental era of our movies. From 50's black, 60's white to 70's "bomba" movies. During the 70's action and bomba movies were the emerging trend.
The Roben Theater is still operating. Despite the demolition of stand-alone theaters along Rizal Avenue, The Roben is still standing proud with its steel sign although it is not well maintained, it is still operational.