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The theatre closed on 8th October, 2009.
According to news article published by the Chinese language Wah Kiu Yat Pao,the theatre probably opened to business in 1960.
Do you remember the exact location of the theatre?
The theatre was still in business as of 20th June, 1954.
The Ritz Cinema was built on the site of the former Victory Theatre which opened to business on 1st January, 1941.
The Majestic Theatre was situated in Yaumati on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.
Its 1000-seat auditorium with a spacious stage was on the ground floor of the theatre building. It had an attractive main entrance, with a cafe on the right side of the entrance, while a furnished waiting room on the left. according to a news article published by the Hong Kong Telegraph,“ the interior is simply but tastefully decorated, concealed electric lights making the general effect pleasing to the eye."
The theatre was owned by the Hongkong and Kowloon Cinema Company and managed by Mr.C.H.Leung. During its silent films era, films were shown either with orchestra or with interpreter. The spacious stage was placed at the disposal of European travelling companies.
It opened to business on 8th December, 1928 with Ramon Novarro’s Ben Hur.
On 10th December, 1930, Alice White’s Broadway Babies was shown at the theatre, and it was the first talkie to be shown on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.
Before the outbreak of WWII, it was a second run theatre showing English language films.
After the outbreak of war on 8th December, 1941, the theatre closed temporarily, and as of 14th January, 1942, the theatre had re-opened.
During the war years, only films censored by the Japanese Armies could be shown at the theatre. After the suspension of electricity supply on 20th August, 1944, the theatre was supposedly closed to business. After the restoration of electricity supply, the theatre re-opened at an unknown date in the remaining days of the WWII.
Air-conditioning system was installed at the theatre in the late
Judging from photographs taken in the early 1950s, the cafe and waiting room had been converted into shops.
The theatre showed English language films from the mid-1940s until the late 1970s.In the first half of the 1980s, adult films were shown. Before its closure on 1st December, 1988, Japanese language ,English and Chinese dialect films were shown.
A hotel with a cinema with two auditoriums was built on the site of the theatre and the adjacent M2 Cinema.
The Alhambra Theatre was renamed as Ping On Theatre in late 1942 during the war years.
Ping On is the Cantonese pronunciation of its Chinese name.
The theatre closed on 9th July, 2009.
The theatre is still in business.