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From my memory, Chinachem was a rare cinema had “late-late night shows”, indeed early in the morning, 1:30 and 3:30 am shows. Most cinemas in Hong Kong still have late night shows (11:30 pm), particularly on Saturdays while 1:30 am shows on special days like Chinese new year’s eve. Chinachem, in an area full of nightlife, had 1:30 am virtually every night and 3:30 am on some specific days.
When it was opened, Hyland only had 2 screens, one for Golden Princess circuit and the other for Newport circuit.
a photo of 真光戲院 here.
found a picture of Golden City… http://oi43.tinypic.com/91lbmo.jpg
Interior of Dynasty (not sure which screen). https://www.flickr.com/photos/bellchan/11476045695/
It was run by Far East holdings which owned/managed many regional cinemas in Hong Kong during the 80s. Fortuna had a very similar stripy decor as Golden Valley in Kwun Tong.
It seems that UA Langham Pl is going to close in July 2014.
The movie I saw should be Million Dollar Duck. I remember that my dad told me there’s a “swimming pool” on the stage. I am not sure if that’s correct.
Robboehm: Raymond wrote the name in “traditional” Chinese characters, which is widely used only in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and sometimes Singapore, but not mainland China. In Chinese, written characters and dialects are two different sets, which is not that easy to explain to westerners.
A picture of Merryland.
A picture of Life in 80s/90s
a picture of Royal Cinema, possibly in the early 90s…
Like many regional cinema, and the nearby Golden Valley, Golden City was managed by Far East Entertainment group. It joined the Golden Princess circuit (Royal Circuit) when it opened and almost never switched for another circuit.
The other cinema names still used for minibus destinations are Royal in Mong Kok and Bonds in Kwun Tong.
The only other cinema in a public estate in Hong Kong was Shun Lee.
forgot about the link…
This is now the new Cine Art (Kowloon Bay). But you can see the first row is way too close to the screen. I’d imagine patrons will get need neck-braces before buying a ticket.
The building with mock chinese architecture is Paladium. (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/92869903) It was built to be the Lee Theatre of Kowloon but it never really took off.
When it opened, cinema 1 was with GH circuit until the whole cinema closed. Cinema 2 was “floating” but mostly with South China/Nam Yang circuit. Cinema 3 was with Lee/Washington (Edko) circuit, which also managed the cinema I think. When it was opened in 1982, it was such a big event and the cinemas were fitted with inclinable seats. I went there very soon after it opened (to watch a japanese Magna cartoon). The seats were bearly movable for an inch and it was very close to the screen. There were virtually no leg room at all. Although it was in my neighbourhood, I hardly went there because the seats was not comfortable. After Capital, Cathay ABC and Broadway Mongkok followed a very similar design.
When it opened, Kam Do was the first cinema in the Kwai Chung district, where it was developed in the early 70s. I cannot remember the exact capacity but I think it was only about 500 seats.
Kai Tak Amusement Park was demolished in 1982. The site was redeveloped as a publich park and sport complex. Together with the amusement park, cinemas in side the park (Jumbo and #2, #4) as well as those next to the park (Asia and Metropole) were all demolished. 5 cinemas were lost in one development.
It is currently a large Esprit store.
It was opened as “Kam Do”/“Golden Capital” under the management of Far East Entertainment in the late 70s/early 80s. It was renamed as “Kwai Chung” before renaming again to Yiu Sing, likely due to changing hands.
A old pic of this cinema as well as the neighbour Kwong ming: http://www.discuss.com.hk/viewthread.php?tid=19871416&extra=&page=45
apparently, it’s going to close for business this month.