The Puerto Rico Theater

Justo A. Martí Photographic Collection, 1948-1985

Entrance to the Puerto Rico Theater, announcing Mexican singer Pedro Vargas, Puerto Rican performers Bury Caban and Nicasio, among other performers, ca. 1940s. Built in 1917, the building was renamed Teatro Puerto Rico around World War II. The theater, with more than 2,000 seats, provided the expanding Latino population of the South Bronx with a public space in which families in the community could gather to see live dramatic performances. This photograph showcased the awning of the Teatro Puerto Rico announcing current performers. Headlining with famous Mexican singer Pedro Vargas were Puerto Rican performers such as musician Bury Caban and comedian Nicasio. Teatro Puerto Rico featured artists of all genres and Spanish-speaking nations, committed to serving the entire Latino populace.


Date
1954, Date created
Creator
Justo A. Martí
Document Type
Photograph: b & w photographs
Identifier
JAMa_b100_f03_0001
Related Keywords
Theaters, Performing arts, Music
Individuals or Organizations Mentioned
Puerto Rico Theater
Related Places
The Bronx (is referenced), Brooklyn (is referenced)
Citation
Justo A. Martí Photographic Collection, 1948-1985. The Puerto Rico Theater: JAMa_b100_f03_0001. Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archives, Hunter College, CUNY. Web. 16 Oct 2019.
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