2. Ever Theater (Closed)
The Ever Theater was also designed by national artist Juan Nakpil and has a single screen cinema with an 800 seat capacity. It was also visited by Walter Gropius during its inauguration in the 1950s, praising the theater’s oustandings qualities. Currently closed as a theater, it now serves the public as a commercial arcade.
3. Galaxy Theater (Closed)
This is a lovely movie house designed by National Artist Pablo Antonio Sr., also among the prime movie houses during its time, with a seating capacity of 1000. The use of sun buffles created a very dignified character to the structure. The stairway leading the balcony is very graceful. The arcade post is accented with mahjong-like blocks. Galaxy also used to have an original DP70 wide-screen projector, built in Belgium in the 1950s, that was popular in international cinemas until the 1970s.
4. Ideal Theater (Closed/ Demolished)
The Ideal Theater was designed by the late Architect Pablo Antonio in 1933, the theater was then closed and demolished in the 1970s to give way to the construction of a department store in the said area. The Ideal Theater was one of the first major works of Pablo Antonio along with the buildings of Far Eastern University, Manila Polo Club, and the post-war reconstruction of Manila Cathedral.
5. State Theater (Closed/ Demolished)
This theater was erected in the 1930’s, designed by national artist Juan Nakpil, following the art deco design. Its facade used reinforced concrete, and adorned with steel grillework. This was renovated sometime in the late 1960’s and followed a plain facade design. The right photo shows the old Avenida during 70s with the Ideal and the State Theaters.