Teatro Fox Delicias

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Teatro Fox Delicias
Teatro Fox Delicias in Barrio Segundo, Ponce, Puerto Rico.jpg
Teatro Fox Delicias
Address 6963 Isabel Street
Location Ponce, Puerto Rico
Coordinates 18°00′46″N 66°36′51″W / 18.0128°N 66.6142°W / 18.0128; -66.6142
Owner Pedro Juan Serrallés (1928-1989)
Ruberte Family (1990 - )
Type Theater (1931-1980)
Mall (1991-1998)
Hotel (2004-ca. 2010)
Today: unused
Construction
Built 1920s
Opened 1931
Renovated 1990 (into a Mall)
2003 (into a Hotel)
Closed 1980
Construction cost $3M (1990 renovation into a mall)
Architect Francisco Porrata Doria (theater design)
Axel Bonilla (mall design)
Tenants
Currently unused

Teatro Fox Delicias is a historic building in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Inaugurated in 1931,[1] it originally housed a movie house until 1980, from 1991 to 1998 it house a shopping mall, and stating in 2004 it housed a boutique hotel. Its architecture is Art Deco.

Location[edit]

The historic structure is located across the historic Plaza Las Delicias in the heart of the Ponce Historic Zone. Its location just north of Plaza Las Delicias makes it part of barrio Segundo.

Design[edit]

The building was designed by Francisco Porrata-Doria, who also designed Hotel Melia, Banco de Ponce and many other structures in Puerto Rico.[2] The building bears an Art Deco architectural structure with an impressive multi-level front facade.[3]

History[edit]

Theater[edit]

The theater had its origins in the late 1920s when Pedro Juan Serralles purchased a piece of land in the center of the city to build the first movie theater in Ponce. The structure was completed in 1931. The owners contracted with Twentieth Century Fox for showing the movies. Given the movie contract and the location of the theater, it was named Teatro Fox Delicias.[4] It closed its doors as a movie theater in 1980.

Mall[edit]

After serving Ponce moviegoers for some five decades, the building was sold to the Ruberté family. In 1989 the theater was converted into a mall under the design of architect Axel Bonilla. It was named the Fox Delicias Mall.[5] The new mall opened in March, 1991. It had 26 commercial spaces ranging from 300 square feet (28 m2) to 1,200 square feet (110 m2). It also had a cafe-theater. The total space was 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2). Its president is Eduardo Ruberte Huertas. Its renovation lasted a year and cost $3 million.[6]

Hotel[edit]

In 2004 the building started conversion into a hotel.[7][8] The boutique hotel had 30 rooms. The new hotel opened in 2004.[9] While it operated as a hotel, the structure continued to experience a flow of non-resident tourists.[10] It closed around 2010 and has since remained vacant.

Other area theaters[edit]

After Teatro Fox Delicias, a number of theaters opened throughout the city, most of which became known for their architecture. Among these were

  • Teatro Victoria, an Art Deco structure,[11] located just three blocks north of Teatro Fox Delicias at Calle Union and Calle Victoria
  • Teatro Rivoli, also an Art Deco structure,[12] located only two blocks from Teatro Fox Delicias at Calle Leon and Calle Sol in Barrio Quinto. Architect: Alfredo Wiechers Pieretti.[13]
  • Teatro Broadway, a Spanish colonial revival building three blocks west of Teatro Fox Delicias at Calle Mayor Cantera, between Calle Isabel and Calle Sol (building demolished in the 1960s)[14]
  • Teatro National, a structure of modern design some six blocks southeast of Teatro Fox Delicias, in the northern edge of the Belgica sector, Barrio Cuarto on Calle Comercio and Calle Venezuela
  • Teatro Belgica, an Art Deco structure some eight blocks southeast of Teatro Fox Delicias, in the heart of the Belgica sector, Barrio Cuarto, on Calle Colombia and Calle Gran Via
  • Teatro Hollywood, another Art Deco building, some eight blocks southwest of Teatro Fox Delicias, in Barrio Primero en la Calle Villa esq. Calle Esperanza
  • Teatro Universal, another Art Deco structure yet located some eight blocks west of Teatro Fox Delicias, on Calle Progreso and Calle Vives
  • Teatro Rex, an Art Deco building, located northeast of Teatro Fox Delicias, in the Cantera sector of Barrio Sexto on Calle Mayor Cantera and Calle Acueducto
  • Teatro Argel, and Art Deco structure, located west of Teatro Fox Delicias, in the Clausells sector of Barrio Segundo, on Calle Victoria and Calle Fogos
  • Teatro Miramar, in Barrio Playa, on Calle Salmon and Calle Alfonso XII, facing the Caribbean Sea

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Teatro Fox Delicias Accessed January 23, 2011.
  2. ^ Reseña Biografica de Francisco Porrata-Doria.
  3. ^ University Press of Florida
  4. ^ Encyclopedia Puerto Rico. Accessed January 23, 2011.
  5. ^ Encyclopedia Puerto Rico. Accessed January 23, 2011.
  6. ^ Legendary Fox Delicias to be shopping mall. Accessed January 23, 2011.
  7. ^ Puerto Rico Off the Beaten Path. 5th Edition. Tina Cohen and Ron Bernthal. Page 91.
  8. ^ Teatro Fox Delicias. Frommer's Puerto Rico. Walking Tour of Ponce.
  9. ^ Panoramio photo of Transition from mall to hotel.
  10. ^ Redescubre a la Perla del Sur el Fondo de Mejoramiento. Carmen Cila Rodriguez. La Perla del Sur. Year 27. Issue 1345. pp. 20-21. 9 September 2009. Accessed 5 May 2016.
  11. ^ ArtDeco en Ponce. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  12. ^ ArtDeco en Ponce. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  13. ^ Ponce: Disfrutalo: Galeria de Fotos: Fotos Antiguas: Image 33 of 85. Ponce Municipal Government. Official Website. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  14. ^ Neysa Rodriguez Deynes. Breviario sobre la Historia de Ponce. 2nd ed. 2002. Page 120. Bayamon, PR: Impress Quality Printing. ISBN 0-615-12181-0.

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