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hhpy commented about Golden Theatre on Mar 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

Golden Theatre was a landmark in the Shamshuipo area and the name is still used around the area a lot. A medium size shopping/residential complex was build on the plot of land surrounding Golden Theatre (see Cineplex Theatre) in the late 70s and the shopping centre in this complex is called Golden Shopping Centre, now a world famous tourist spot for computers and Hi-tech accessories. Golden Theater itself was rebuilt as a smaller residential/shopping complex and the shopping arcade is called “New Golden”, not to be mixed up with Golden Shopping Centre next door. Although the cinema is long gone, “Golden” is still used, particular to minibuss and taxis, to refer to the block the cinema used to stand.

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hhpy commented about Full Moon Theatre on Mar 14, 2011 at 8:54 am

The theatre is now an office for the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, which is powerful in the To Kwa Wan industrial area.

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hhpy commented about Kwun Chung Theatre on Mar 10, 2011 at 10:43 am

Here is a high res picture of Kwun Chung theatre:
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It says in Catonese that the films are shown from 12:30 pm non-stop everyday. It sells day-ticket so you guys can go in anytime, stay as long as you wish! For those really want to know where EXACTLY, it is #30 (said on the photo). Be quick!

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hhpy commented about Newport Theatre on Mar 10, 2011 at 10:27 am

link update:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/old-hk/3007386495/
sorry.

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hhpy commented about Princess Theatre on Mar 9, 2011 at 8:29 am

Another good catch from flickr.
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including a ticket for the one and only Beatles’s gig in Hong Kong.

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hhpy commented about East Town Theatre on Mar 9, 2011 at 8:26 am

How about this postcard… a gem.
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hhpy commented about Majestic Theatre on Mar 9, 2011 at 8:07 am

a photo of Majestic before it underwent renovation.
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Had never seen that stretch of Nathan Road had so many trees.

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hhpy commented about Victoria Theatre on Mar 7, 2011 at 11:18 am

That’s probably my best found so far… check out this picture (postcard).
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hhpy commented about World Theatre on Mar 4, 2011 at 8:55 am

That’s the best pic I can find so far:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/old-hk/5164793992/

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hhpy commented about National Theatre on Mar 4, 2011 at 8:48 am

A old picture of National:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/old-hk/3823883978

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hhpy commented about Golden Gate Theatre on Mar 4, 2011 at 8:44 am

A picture of Golden Gate
http://www.flickr.com/photos/old-hk/3792666822/

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hhpy commented about Ruby Palace Theatre on Mar 4, 2011 at 8:28 am

Ruby Palace was opened near my neighbourhood when i was a kid. Together with Paladium next door and the Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park, it was owned by the Far East Holdings. My classmate’s sister worked there as a “seat-guide” when it was open, so we could go in for an early afternoon show (12:30) without a ticket. It was an odd location as it was on a very quiet, deadend street. No wonder that the business was never good. Also the owner was quite notoriously tight and my classmate’s sister was asked to put number stickers on those 1125 seats without any extra paid. She left Ruby Palace because of that. Now it a high-rising private apartment Nob Hill, where my best friend lives, strange enough.

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hhpy commented about Roxy Theatre on Mar 4, 2011 at 8:18 am

It was amazing to see that picture supplied by ken mc. Casino Royale was to be shown there.

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hhpy commented about East Town Theatre on Mar 1, 2011 at 8:53 am

A colour picture of the cinema on Fenwick street.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/twe42/3422370576/

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hhpy commented about Princess Theatre on Feb 10, 2011 at 7:41 am

Here is a great picture of Princess Theatre:
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The Artdeco style curved facade can be clearly seen.

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hhpy commented about Luen Wo Theatre on Feb 3, 2011 at 8:39 am

Mike: Not in Hong Kong. Cars? What cars? They are very recent things in China. In Hong Kong, it was likely to be too noisy and too hot to stay outside for a couple of hours.

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hhpy commented about Golden Valley Theatre on Jan 20, 2011 at 8:46 am

Golden Valley was under the management of Far East Holdings, which owned many regional cinemas in the 80s. Since mid 90s, their cinema business declined. The auditorium of Golden Valley is still vacant, apparently because it’s reported to be haunted (as some rumours say).

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hhpy commented about Century Cinema on Jan 20, 2011 at 8:39 am

The whole site, including the supermarket on the ground floor (used to be the stall auditorium) is currently under massive renovation. It has been run under the InterContinental for showing foreign films when it opened. Century changed management to Newport and started showing Cantonese films until its closure.

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hhpy commented about Pearl Theatre on Jan 19, 2011 at 8:07 am

Pearl had a very wide but flat auditorium. Possibly built for its Cinerama purpose, the screen was quite high and it felt a bit weird if you took a seat at the back stall. Maybe it’s the curved screen. It was advertised as a 3-D cinema in Chinese newspaper when it opened for business. Like its neighbour Jade, Pearl’s business florished because of its prime location, right in the centre of Causeway Bay shopping district. Many Hollywood blockbusters have been shown there, including Grease, Alien, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Ghost, and Basic Instinct. Pearl, together with Palace and Lee were those cinemas for me to relax after a full-day lecture at the university.

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hhpy commented about Jade Theatre on Jan 19, 2011 at 7:56 am

Jade had been the jewel of the crown for the Shaw circuit (SB) since it opened for business. It had been in the top-10 for gate receipts during most of its years before 1992.

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hhpy commented about King's Theatre on Jan 6, 2011 at 8:43 am

If I am correct, the luxury seats at King’s were preserved and re-fitted at Silver (Kwun Tong) after King’s closure.

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hhpy commented about Oriental Theatre on Jan 6, 2011 at 8:29 am

Oriental was paired up with Empress in 1970 when Empress was newly opened. it was then switched to Victoria in Mong Kok before paired up with Sands and Gala, Mong Kok.

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hhpy commented about Triumph Theatre on Jan 6, 2011 at 8:19 am

Triumph is now a restaurant run by the Maxim’s group. I went there yesterday and found the restaurant was decorated as a theatre with small balconies on both sides. It didn’t seem to be the original features as I remembered the auditorium was quite steep with no balcony.

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hhpy commented about Lee Theatre on Jan 6, 2011 at 7:49 am

Thanks Raymond. Lee has been one of my favourite cinemas in Hong Kong and I visited the cinema often in the late 80s till it closed its door. It has been the venue for the Miss Hong Kong event every year in the 70s and 80s. “Dead Poets Society” was the last film I saw there, and also my favourite film. One of the finest cinemas in Hong Kong history, no doubt.

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hhpy commented about Astor Theatre on Dec 14, 2010 at 5:43 am

Astor used to be a landmark on Nathan Road as the hotel building (Chung Hing Hotel?) had a giant vertical orange neon light billboard for National electrical appliances. It could be seen from miles along Nathan Road from the north. In the 80s, when it was paired up with Pearl in Causeway Bay, Astor has shown many Hollywood films, many from Fox. I watched Octopussy there. At the time Astor closes, it was the forth largest cinema in Hong Kong, behind Paris, Sunbeam and Ruby. It has always been in the top 10 ticket sales in the 80s.