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Then & Now – Casa de las Academias

Then & Now – Casa de las Academias – Casa de Lilís

Casa de las Academias also known as Casa de Lilís is a unique building with a beautiful French-style balcony. It was at one time the home of President Ulises Heureaux, then the Oficinas de la Aduanas (Customs offices) and now the Casa de las Academias.

These pictures are from 1917 and, 100 years later, in 2017.

Oficinas de la Aduanas before Casa del dictador Ulises Heureaux 1917
Oficinas de la Aduanas before Casa del dictador Ulises Heureaux 1917

This was the home of Ulises Hilarión Heureaux Lebert and family. His nickname was Lilís. Heureaux was president of the Dominican Republic from 1 September 1882 to 1 September 1884, from 6 January to 27 February 1887 and again from 30 April 1889 maintaining power between his terms until his assassination by Ramon Caceres. (Wikipedia- Ulises Heureaux)

Casa de las Academias 2017
Casa de las Academias 2017

The building, located on Calle Las Mercedes, is now home to the Casa de las Academias is known as the Seat of the Academies of History, Language and Sciences/ Sede de las Academias de Historia, de la Lengua y de la Ciencias.

More about the Casa de las Academias.


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.


Then & Now – Palacio de Borgellá

Then & Now – Palacio de Borgellá

Palacio de Borgellá was built in 1823 by Haitian Governor Gerónimo Borgellá. In the 1940’s The Palacío was the government seat. More history of the Palacio Borellá.

Palacio de Borgellá y Cárcel Real / Borgellá Palace and Royal Prison – 1890

Palacio de Borgellá y Cárcel Real CIRCA 1890
Palacio de Borgellá y Cárcel Real CIRCA 1890

Senado y Cámara de Diputados / Senate and Chamber of Deputies, Ciudad Trujillo, Calle Isabel la Catolicá in the 1940s.

Palacio de Borgella in the 1940s
Palacio de Borgella in the 1940s

The Palacio de Borgellá dated 2-19-2012.

Palacio de Borgellá
Palacio de Borgellá 2-19-2012

Palacio de Borgellá after the Colonial Zone Renovation with the gargoyles from the Cathedral located in front of the building. Picture is dated 6-16-2016.

Palacio de Borgellá has the gargoyles from the Cathedral in front dated 6-16-2016
Palacio de Borgellá has the gargoyles from the Cathedral in front dated 6-16-2016

Inteliperra is visiting the Palacio de Borgellá. The gargoyles are still in the front of the beautiful Colonial porch and arches dated 4-19-2020.

Palacio de Borgellá with the gargoyles and the beautiful Colonial porch and arches dated 4-19-2020
Palacio de Borgellá with the gargoyles and the beautiful Colonial porch and arches dated 4-19-2020

Some of the older pictures are from the FaceBook page Historia Dominicana en Gráficas
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