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Cine Leonor

Cine Leonor

The once splendid Cinema Leonor, subsequently called Multicine Colonial, was one of the many theaters in the Colonial Zone area. This theatre, at one time showing all the popular films of the time, later turned into a parking garage and now lies abandoned.

The old Cine Leonor on Calle Arzobispo Nouel at 19 de Marzo, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo.
The old Cine Leonor on Calle Arzobispo Nouel at 19 de Marzo, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo.

Cine Leonro

The Cine Leonor, with its classic Baroque-style facade, inaugurated on August 16, 1956. This first-class cinema had a grand second-floor arcade, large balcony and private seating stalls with retractable seats plus a special area for smokers. The theater was air-conditioned and had a large entrance hall and ticket office.

A view of the second floor arcade of the Multicine Colonial. You can still see some of the name.
A view of the second floor arcade of the Multicine Colonial. You can still see some of the name.

Leonor was a large cinema for its time and held sizable crowds that wanted to come, escape ordinary life, to enjoy a popular movie. During the theater’s heyday there was a Sunday matinee plus their usual schedule showing 2 movies every evening.

A view of the second floor arcade of the Cine Leonor, later La Colonial
A view of the second floor arcade of the Cine Leonor, later La Colonial

Mulitcine Colonial

They inaugurated the new Colonial Cinema on December 25, 1980. Along with the name change, they split the theater into 4 smaller rooms, 2 on the ground floor and 2 on the second floor.

The entrance floor tiles are still visible, Leonor
The entrance floor tiles are still visible, Leonor

The cinema closed in the early 1990s. Now the building is in ruins. They have abandoned the once splendid movie theater turned parking garage. You can still see the name Leonor on the floor tiles at the entrance of the building. Looking inside, it is dark and dismal. I can’t imagine that this derelict building was previously a high-class theater.

The interior of Cine Leone around 1965
The interior of Cine Leone around 1965

Location

– Calle Arzobispo Noel at 19 de Marzo, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo.


Casa de Teatro

Casa de Teatro

A group of friends got together and wanted to open something different and in 1974 Casa de Teatro was born. Art exhibitions, live music from local and international musicians, theater, poets, dancers and just about any type of entertainment or art you could imagine. All under one roof.

Casa de Teatro, Calle Arz. Meriño, Ciudad Colonial
Casa de Teatro, Calle Arz. Meriño, Ciudad Colonial

At Casa de Teatro you will find people of all ages enjoying the cultural and art activities. They offer a wide variety of art and entertainment. There is always something happening at the Casa. Be it an art display, some great music or an original play, the Casa de Teatro has it. The bar and interior patio has an atmosphere that is always very casual and welcoming.

Art display at Casa de Teatro
Art display at Casa de Teatro

“La cultura somos todos.” / We are all cultures.

They describe themselves as a “House of photography, plastic arts, poets, puppeteers, folk groups, classical ballet, experimental music, home of workshops of all kinds, political dissidents, of writers and movie lovers. The Casa is open to anyone who seeks a space to be and dream.”

Hours

The gallery hours are:
*Monday thru Thursday: 9AM to 1PM then again opening at 2:30PM until 2AM
*Friday: 9AM to 1PM then again opening at 2:30PM until 3AM.
*Saturday: 9AM to 1PM and again 5PM until 12midnight.
Sunday: Closed

Contact: 809-689-3430 and 809-686-7840

Location

Walking from Calle el Conde at Palacio Consistorial turn right towards the sea onto Arzobispo Meriño. Go 2 blocks, past Calle Padre Billini. The Casa de Teatro on Arz. Meriño #110, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo

Find them on Facebook to see announcements of their many activities

http://www.casadeteatro.org/