Its huge interior measured 1 million cubic feet! The 1,750 seats were divided among the orchestra, balcony, and a small mezzanine that was situated along the right wall. In the late-1940’s it was taken over by the British owned Rank Organisation. The Carib Theatre was reported to be the highest-grossing movie theatre in the entire Caribbean. In 1954, its round proscenium had to be demolished to permit installation of a 54 feet wide CinemaScope screen. In 1982, a new sound system was installed that experts claimed was one of the best in the world due to the acoustics of the egg-shaped auditorium.
Sadly, in 1997, the interior of the Carib Theatre was totally destroyed in a fire that started in the ceiling. The exterior walls were saved, and now contain five cinemas operated by the Palace Amusement Company, Ltd.
Words by Warren G. Harris (Cinema Treasures)