Sometimes, the past doesn't serve us eye candies. Colon Street is not pretty nor is it the safest. In fact, my mother warned me against seeing the area after 5 in the afternoon. Thus I visited Colon with a bit of trepidation. But surprisingly, Colon was far from this notorious impression. It enjoys a vibrant old city bustle though it isn't not meant for tourist consumption just yet.
The old city's version of Leicester Square adorned with huge billboards that are well lit at night.
New Eden Theatre opened in the late 50's. It has since been showing mostly adult local movies and even pirated Tagalog films. They even adopted the Philippine slogan "It's More fun in Eden" last year which only invited further scrutiny. As of this update (May 2014), Eden has been closed.
Cinema Theatre. This theater opened after World War II. It has since closed shop. In 2013, the whole structure has been turned into a department store/supermarket.
Oriente Theatre was originally Teatro Junquera (named after its adjacent side street) which opened in 1986. It was meant for stage plays but has since become a cinema. It has 3 screens. In the 90's, it was the first Cebu cinema to have employed Dolby Digital Surround. Such information taken from the Flickr's text of fiscaplyder. Location: Colon corner Pelaez Street. As of this update (May 2014), it has re-painted its pediment to a more sedate color.
Vistarama Theater - Also called Ultra Vistarama, it is listed as a gay cruising site, located at Pelaez Street of Colon, just across Oriente. It opened in the 60's and to date has been showing sexy films at just P80 admission price. With the closure of New Eden, Vistarama has become the only place for cruising. Female prostitutes used to roam the halls, but now it's mostly gay males. As of this update (May 2014), it's still operational.
University of the Visayas
Another old building along Colon Street. This one houses a Lhuillier Pawnshop. Someone wrote to us about this. He says that this, and I quote, "...is actually the Vision Theatre that dates back to the 1930's. It was built by Agustin Jereza and the sculptures were done by Dante Guidetti."
Rabbits and puppies, as well as aquarium fishes, are sold along Magallanes Street just before turning to Colon.
The street is decongested as you head towards the northeastern tip of Colon.
Cebu Business Hotel