Saturday, 28 January 2012

13 Stand-Alone Theaters of Manila


 












20 comments:

  1. how about hollywood theater beside dilson? it's a good looking building as well. and main in quezon boulevard, quiapo? that one was said to be designed by juan nakpil though i'm not sure. theres that one in espana corner trabajo and another near central market both of which were said to be theaters but i can't confirm.

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    1. Mercury theater is the one in España corner Trabajo you are talking about and World theater is in front of Central Market in Quezon Blvd.

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  2. True. If only enterprising entrepreneurs invested in these theaters and revive them...

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  3. richard tuason sanchez bautista31 January 2012 at 07:48

    look for Zest theatre along r hidalgo, there are two more in paco, some more around the corners of manila

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    1. Paco theater, Major, Bellevue and Gay theater are the one on Paco area.

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  4. Main Theater just near Times Theater still stands.. hopefully into the future. Its main tenant is Villarica pawnshop.. find the villarica somewhere along quezon blvd and you'll find the beautiful building with its subdued yellow paintjob, the kind the manila city hall, national museum, department of tourism bldg all wear. There's lot more theaters still surviving somewhere..

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  5. Great job with the pictures and texts. The city seemed to have had a huge growth spurt in the 1930's. What a wonderful time period that must have been for Manila. If only the clock could be turned back again. The Americans were good for the Philippines AND under the American's watch the country flourished. Beautiful building, the city must have been amazing

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  6. thanks for this post! went on a discovery tour this afternoon, and times theater was crowded! didn't see the room fully lit, have to go back to see the wooden walls...

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  7. I just take a peek and I discovered your blog. For me it is worth reading and incredible. This is simple incredible. Thank you.

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  8. Thank you for this great post & blog. I was able to reminisce these great places and buildings that I used to walk, watch movies, buy things I needed, and do window shopping in the seventies. Because I live in the area of San Lazaro, I used to walk the stretch of Avenida Rizal when I was studying at FEATI U. I was able to enter almost all of the movie houses located in Avenida Rizal and Quezon Blvd. When money was tight to watch a new movie, I settle for the double programs at SCALA theater(very clean at that time). And I was able to watch a show in the Grand Opera House before they closed it. So sad that most of them were demolished/gone or not in good condition anymore. Thank you so much.--jess

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  9. Is WORLD theater (near Central Market) still around? It had a dancing fountain in the lobby.

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    1. The theater is closed.but the building still stands.

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  10. I have visited the Times Theatre. They are still showing old movies (the action movies like that where Arnold Schwarzenneger starred in) shown at "double". The Capitol Theatre has some tenants at the first floor, but the main gate of the capitol is nearly dilapidated (but there was still a security guard at the entrance). Somehow the Metropolitan Theatre had opened a bit for sometime when GMA was president and the MET had shown some performances. But it closed again for funding problems.

    (correct me if i am wrong)

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  11. I love this, and I love you. I am so glad I have stumbled upon your blog. Its put together very beautifully— i've been living in the Philippines for about 5 years now and realized I need to further explore my neighboring areas! Keep up the good work!

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  12. c mother lily po ng regal films ang may-ari ng dilson

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  13. Is it still safe to watch at Times Theater and in Dilson Theater? I really want to watch a film in one of these cinemas as a bucket list, but I'm too scared of prostitutes, callboys, and whatever things that seem to happen in stand-alone cinemas these days.

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    1. I watched at Times theater recently but Dilson, not yet.It is still safe in Times.Yes there is a old gays and callboys in there.Just ignore them.Focus only on yourselves and the show.

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    2. May kasama ka ba nanood? Natatakot ako mag-isa manood eh.

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  14. Thank you for this interesting blog. I am one of those who walks along Rizal Avenue (Avenida as we used to call before), CM Recto and Quezon Boulevard in Quiapo. I was student of Manila High School during the 70s and I Remember all those cinemas you have mentioned but I am just wondering what happened the following theaters: State, Odeon, Dynasty, Regency, Recto, Lider, Crown etc. Avenida and Sta Cruz area was the center of retail business during the 60s to late 70s until the LRT was built along Avenida Rizal. Aside from these famous theaters there are also landmarks like Good Earth Emporium where they used to have shows on the top floor for shoppers to enjoy while shopping. The National Bookstore, Goodwill Bookstore, etc.
    Well, it's nice to know that people like Paolo reminisce and appreciate the good old days in Manila and share it on the internet. Maraming salamat po!

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