Saint John of Miraflores For many years it housed one of the busiest places in Lima. It is about the Susy cinema, a rather peculiar place and with a different history from that of a common cinema.
With the passing of the years, it had to be closed, because its facilities had become a luxurious place and of prostitution.
It was in 1964 that the cinema theater Susy It opened its doors to the public and was one of the first “neighborhood” cinemas. The attendance of entire families from the district of Saint John of Miraflores and neighboring districts was growing, to the point of becoming one of the main cinemas in Lima.
It was located at Avenida San Juan 1204 in Ciudad de Dios.
By the mid-70s and 80s, the methodology of this cinema changed. The continued cinema was established and consisted of the following.
In the morning, people could watch family movies and in the afternoon and evening those interested could find the option of adult cinema. However, despite having a certain audience, this business method did not work as expected and went into the background.
In addition to this, the appearance of terrorism influenced the reduction of income, giving way to the bankruptcy of Cine Susy. But this was not all, the sale of color televisions undoubtedly also affected
“During those years, the movie industry fell apart. From one moment to the next, viewers were forced to stop going to theaters, not only because of the arrival of color TV (…), but also because of the fear of car bombs and the constant blackouts that They lived in this part of Lima. It was a period of great fear in which we were looking for a way to stay in space, ”said Carlos Hurtado in an interview conducted by the architect Diego Aparicio for his case study.
With a low influx of the public they sought to survive, and that is how adult films began to gain ground. Movie theaters received their new audience at night. The huge screens projected films of sexual content.
Although for those years, several families already had a television at home, access to the DVD or VHS It was still complicated for Peruvians, which is why adult cinemas meant the best way out for users.
However, with the passing of time, the place began to deteriorate both internally and externally to the point of becoming an unsafe place.
By 1992, they made the decision to rent the main room of the cinema. The new business in the place was a slot machine and so the years passed until, once again, susy cinema would face new questions.
Several people pointed out that the other rooms in this place functioned as a brothel clandestine.
Finally, in 2020 the Municipality of Saint John of Miraflores, carried out an intervention at the premises and they closed it permanently, the reason? Adulterated documents had been presented to the authorities and they had reports of clandestine prostitution within the establishment.