Thursday, 12 January 2012

Ginto Theater (formerly Lider)

 By: Paolo M. Bustamante

 No matter what the circumstances the people during the 50's and the 60's knows how to stay in control. They how to curve their impulses, they inforced a strict dress code, they maintained a strong moral-centered but as the years pass, everything has changed for the worse. Movie houses before were a place where high school students go when they are bored in class. They would watch films that are appropriate for their age; unlike today it is now a haven of prostitution. 

From Rockwell, I went straight to Quezon Boulevard and I cannot help but compare the city of Manila from Makati. There are many ancestral houses in Makati near the city museum and they are in great shape compared to the ancestral houses in Manila. Along Tramo and Zobel Roxas Ave. there are three houses that are up for sale. I hope the owners will just convert it into a dormitory or something instead of selling.

As for the Ginto Theatre, it was formerly called Lider Theater. It was built during the late 1960's. It is one of the few movie theaters that's still running and operating with double feature films. The Guinto and the Times theatre are the only theaters that are still operating along Quezon Boulevard. Last September the city of Manila raided the place for alleged sanitary reasons, fire code regulations and is now a place for male prostitution.


  1. If I am not mistaken, the logo of Lider theatre is the oblation.

  2. I actually saw Dec. 17,2011 (Sat) finally demolished/ torn-down early morning. I was supposed to drop by it but saw demolition team and policemen. Just last Friday, I saw nothing of it but the walls. The interiors are all but a heap of rubble.

  3. It's gone now.Demolish recently.Along with Crown and Center Theaters.