Princess Theatre, Bayamon, Porto Rico

Moving Picture World, February 24, 1912:


“The photoplay theater business has not reached its  highest development at Porto Rico, but the pictures are never-the-less popular in that little island. The accompanying illustration of the Princess at Bayamon does not show a very sumptuous place of entertainment but it answers the purpose.

“The house seats 200 persons and its prices range from 10 cents to $1 for admission. An Edison machine is used and a Mirroroide screen, 12 feet by 14 feet, has been installed. This house also has a set of Deagan organ chimes and other novelty instruments. An Edison phonograph rendering songs in Spanish and English furnishes the music.

“The Princess is said to be the only house of its kind in Porto Rico. It was designed and built by Mr. A. F. Smith, who is the owner and manager. He also does the operating and all the mechanical work that is required in conducting the amusement house.”

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the Year by the Theatre Historical Society.

He is currently accepting theatre talks and walks for 2014–historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.


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