I was bored, tired of watching brain-numbing foolishness on the television. So what could I do and where could I go? Carib 5 of course!
The Carib, the iconic building in the heart of Cross Roads, Kingston, owned by the Palace Amusement Co. (1921) Ltd., holds sentimental value for many Kingstonians and Jamaicans on a whole. Me? Too many memories of moments at Carib, some that make me blush! Come on now people, admit it, we all had moments like those at the Carib! If the walls at Carib could talk.
So I checked Palace Amusement’s website and viewed my options. OMG!!! Carib actually brought out the Bieber movie?! What the…
Carib’s Early Years
The iconic Carib Cinema began its life as a landmark in Kingston City’s urban development on Tuesday, April 19, 1938, when it was officially opened by the Governor of Jamaica, His Excellency Sir Edward Brandis Denham: “Before a packed house which included a large number of Society people.” The Daily Gleaner was there and ran a report on page six of the April 20, 1938 edition on the opening that included the following two photos on page six:
The Carib opened as a single screen theatre, standing at 180 feet long, 85 feet wide and 65 feet high, making it one of the larger theatres in the world at the time, as well as the city’s largest auditorium.
Carib Theatre, 1996 to Present
This continued for several decades until a fire in September 1996, demolished the interior of the theatre.
Palace Amusement Co. (1921) Ltd. rebuilt the theatre as a five screen cinema in June 1997, renaming it the Carib 5.
Today, Carib 5 is central in the entertainment calendar for many Jamaicans. Many of us rush to watch the latest blockbuster on one of its five screens, enduring the long lines to be entertained for those two hours, becoming entranced by the magic of the movies. Oh, and don’t forget we also come out a little lighter in the pockets because of the snack counters in the main hall!
Do you have any Carib memories you’d like to share with Jamaican Echoes’ readers? Drop me a line den nuh!
Until next time…
Building Audiences, http://www.hps4000.com/pages/build_.html
The Daily Gleaner, April 19, 1938, p. 5
The Daily Gleaner, Governor Sees the “Carib” as Great Theatre, April 20, 1938, p. 6
Kingston Corporate Area, c1943, http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/images/photos33.htm
The Palace Amusement Company (1921) Ltd., http://www.palaceamusement.com/index.dti?rand=1807181299452838