There were 4 movie houses in the former town of Sorsogon – Jomil’s Cinema 1 (cor. Magsaysay and Rizal Sts.) and 2 (Magsaysay St., but almost near Rizal St.), Maya Cinema (Rizal St.) and JB Cinema (Burgos St).
The first movie I watched was in our home province – Jomil’s Cinema (then, Jomil’s Cinema 2 wasn’t around yet). It was one of Lito Lapid‘s film – Ang Pagbabalik ni Leon Guerrero and San Basilio (Julio Valiente).
Then, the local theater offers kadobol – each film lasts barely an hour with 15 to 20 min intermission.
The Jomil‘s Cinema had upholstered seats with two categories – Balcony (upper section) and Orchestra (lower section). The former was more expensive than the latter.
The Jomil’s Cinema 1 is now the current Centro Mall.
There was also the second Jomil‘s Cinema, just above of Sampaguita Store, beside UCPB. If I am not mistaken, this was the first theater that folded up after the Jomil Cinema 1. These two theaters were (perhaps the buildings are still) owned by the Duana family.
I remember also Maya Cinema (formerly named Loida, named from Loida Nicolas-Lewis) just in front of the existing Mike and Jerry restaurant. However, it was infamous for its surot (bedbug) – eventually, it was renovated. I would get free seat on this theater since the owner was a close family friend.
The newest (can’t remember if it was new really or newly renovated) was the JB Cinema (just beside the Quinto Bldg along Burgos St.). One of our neighbors who went to the same school I did, her mother worked as a takilyera (the one who sold the tickets). I can’t remember why we dropped by almost every day, but I did get to watch portion of the movies. My memory could only recall Dante Varona in his one of starring roles. The said cinema was the last one to close as well.
Eventually, these movie houses closed down due to availability of cheap video players and CD/DVD selections. It was more convenient to buy one and watch the movie on your home.
Related article – Jomil Cinema 1.