Teatro Ideal

Calle Comericio,
Yauco 00698

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Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on April 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm

GREAT photo! hernandez!

hernandezmayoral on March 31, 2013 at 4:17 am

El Ramily era el Star. Vean la foto:


AGRoura on May 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm

In a story about the socioeconomic situation of Yauco in today’s Primera Hora newspaper, Mayor Abel Nazario is quoted as saying that the Teatro Ideal restoration will be finished in October. ( Just one months before the elections).

AGRoura on September 17, 2010 at 3:35 pm

LuisV, if one walks west from the Ideal and turns left on the first corner, the Ramily was the third or fourth building on the left, before a park further down. The theater must have been built after the Ideal since it had a simple more modern facade with the marquee and the signage and the interior was not as elaborate as the Ideal. I have passed by the area in the past few years but I don’t remember if the building was still there. When my dad was in college he worked at the Ramily as assistant projectionist during his summer vacation. The name Ramily is formed by the first two letters of the owner’s three children, RA for Raymundo — one his grandchildren was called Raymundo so I guess the owner’s son was Raymundo — and LY for Lydia. I don’t remember for what name MI stood for. This all I know about the theater.
As for the Star, the Yauco de mi infancia page on Facebook has pictures and comments on the Star but no address or other info.

Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on September 14, 2010 at 7:27 am

Davsot, Is the Star still there or is this an old photo? Do you have the address? If so, you should add it to CT! It looks like it might date from the 1950’s.

AGR, the Ramily that you mention, also is not on CT. If you have info about where it is and if it is still there, you should add it as well.

I have never been to Yauco but travel to Puerto Rico about once a year. If I am ever in the area, I’ll stop by and take some photos.

AGRoura on September 12, 2010 at 8:45 am

No tenía idea. No lo recuerdo de mi juventud. En esa época solo habían dos cines, el Ideal y el Ramily, ambos de la familia Pérez. A lo mejor el Star lo hicieron después que mi familia se mudó a San Juan. ¿Alguien sabe la dirección, la calle?

davsot on September 12, 2010 at 7:34 am

En Yauco hay un Teatro Star.

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Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on August 12, 2010 at 11:50 am

What an incredible link! Thanks for posting it. Per the narrative, it appears that the outside of the theater is being restored but that there is no interior left for restoration. What is unclear is if the town of Yauco is recreating the interior in the original style. I know it’s a lot to ask, but I do agree that is is still wonderful to at least have the shell to admire rather than lose the entire thing.

AGRoura on August 12, 2010 at 11:08 am

Sorry for the typos on above comment.

AGRoura on August 12, 2010 at 11:07 am

This link about Carlos Gardel in Puerto Rico has the Ideal ha;fway through when you scroll down;
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Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on August 11, 2010 at 6:43 am

Thanks AGR. It amazes me how many beautiful, yet relatively unknown, buildings remain in Puerto Rico waiting to be discovered and restored. Puerto Rico has been very lucky to have retained so much of its incredible architectural history; especially in Old San Juan, Ponce and San German.

AGRoura on August 10, 2010 at 4:18 pm

No, Luis, no more details. It was a general interview with one question about how the renovation of the Ideal was coming along.

Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on August 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Yay! That’s great news! Are there any other details?

AGRoura on August 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Today, in one of Puerto Rico’s newspapers — Primera Hora — the mayor of Yauco is quoted as saying that the renovation of the Ideal is in its “final phase”.

Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on June 23, 2010 at 6:42 am

Thanks so much for the photo! It is a beautiful building and I hope Yauco can find the funds to restore this beauty. Unfortunately, Puerto Rico, like most governments, is having a tough time financially and it is a tough sell to find money for a project like this. let’s just hope the building is at least stable and can hold on until better times. Luckily, Yauco is a very sleepy town, so the odds are good that it will last.

AGRoura on June 14, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Thanks Davsot for putting the pic on this site. Let’s hope someone will come up with some information about this theater.

davsot on June 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Someone (AGR?) sent me this pic…

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I say it was taken recently, you can tell because of the streetlamp design, but the person says it was taken in the 50s… I don’t know much about theaters but I hope to visit Yauco in the next two weeks. :)

AGRoura on June 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I heard some time ago the municipal government took the Ideal over to turn it into a performing arts center, but nothing has happened. I have not been in Yauco in about 3 years. I have a snapshot of the grandparents house taken from the church tower. Since there are 3 houses in the photo, someone put a white arrow on the roof. I believe the houses on each side are still standing but are shops or something. I blew up the snapshot but it does not look good. Still, I have it framed in my apartment.

davsot on June 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm

So, is the theater going to live?

Sorry to hear about your house. Were they architecturally intriguing? Did you take any pics of them? Add me on flickr…


AGRoura on June 13, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I was born in Yauco and raised in San Juan. I used to go every summer to Yauco and stayed in my late grandparents house across the plaza in front of the Ideal. They only had matinees on weekends and the evening show was at 7PM. About 10 minutes or so before the program started they rang a bell, continuously, until the program began. During the day I used to skate in the open lobby. Eventually it was enclosed. Incidentally, the family house does not exists anymore. A relative bought it, demolished it, and built one of the ugliest 2 or 3 story apartment houses ever built. Yet, the beautiful house to the right of the Ideal was owned by my late godfather who remodeled it. The present owners maintain it in excellent condition (at least until 3 or 4 years ago).

davsot on December 31, 2009 at 12:56 pm

oh shite, that’s not good