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and this is a better/older one:
Another old pic:
Another pic of Hoover showing Ben Hur.
Another old picture of Kwong Chee:
Here’s another old picture of Alhambra.
A picture of Washington, possibly in 80s.
An old picture of Victoria in 1974:
an image of Empress, possibly in the 80s:
an image of London Threatre before rebuilt as London Classic. View link
The current image (bottom) was built in the 90s with London Classic at the 2nd Floor.
an picture of Universal:
an old picture of Hollywood in Mong Kok:
Here’s a 1960s image of Silver:
A picture from flicker here:
View link possibly in the 80s (based on the look of the bus).
A image of Sands in the 70s from flicker:
Sands was paired up with Oriental, Wan Chai, before it’s closure in 1980.
There are several images of New York in the 60s and 70s on the Gwulo site:
New York was paired up with Empress in Mongkok in the 80s before it’s closure.
I also found a 1960 photo of the Royal:
I also bought a T-shirt recently with a Star Wars ad on it. Four cinemas were showing Star Wars first run: Ocean(TST), Park(Causeway Bay), Imperial(Wan Chai) and Royal.
Thanks Pierre27’s picture. That is absolutely magnificent! The site is now HSBC Kowloon Head Quarter.
Thanks Raymond. Majestic did make you wonder what went on in Hong Kong towards western culture in a funny way. When I was a kid, I used to be very embarrassed to walk along Nathan Road with my Dad as Majestic also put up some massive boards with explicit drawing for their movies. Unlike the Isis/Liberty rivals, movies at Majestic usually had some very funny/dodgy titles. However, Majestic also showed some non-mainstream movies which are too extreme for other cinemas. Clockwork Orange was a classic. I thought it was an adult movie when I was a kid simply because it was shown in Majestic only. Empire of the Sun was also shown there I think but the last film could be The Last Emperor. I could be wrong.
Could President be the oldest cinema still in business in Hong Kong?
I really enjoyed the Paris as it had a massive screen. I thought it had 3 levels but I could be wrong. Because it used to show second-run movies at a cut price, it was perfect for students. The last movie I saw at the Paris was “Dead Poet Society”, after my first viewing at Lee Theatre (can you do an article for this lovely theatre Raymond??). Still one of my favourite movie ever.
Oh well, if Ocean is closed, there’s nothing left in the cinema scene in HK then… Can I have my favourite seat L12 then??
Shame to say that I’d never been to London Theatre because I used to go to Century and they belonged to the same circuit as well as Lee Theatre at Causeway Bay in the 80s. However, before its closure, the kiosk at London Theatre was run by my mum’s friend, who used to give us tickets (never used of course).
Oh! Here we go. The best cinema by far in my memory. The old Ocean Cinema certainly one of the best equiped cinema before its reconstruction in the mid-90s. The box office usually reserved seats M2 – M14 for their guests (best seats). Hence, I always choose L14 because it gave me the best viewing position. The width of the screen was unbelievable (although it only has 32 seats a row I think). Together with the fantastic sound quality, Ocean provided the best entertainment in my 20-years in Hong Kong. At the early 90s, I nearly went to Ocean everyweek, same seat, same time.
In my memory, it was paired up with Park in Causeway Bay/Tin Hua for the whole 80s. Then Ocean moves to its less successful period when it was under the management of InterContinental (correct me if I am wrong) and paired with Olympia in Fortress Hill. When GH took over in the 90s, it paired up with Pearl and the partnership was very successful and dominated the Western Film market. After that it went down hill again when it paired with Imperial at Wanchai, followed by Palace in Causeway Bay briefly, before the reconstruction.
Ironically, the re-construction made way to Planet Hollywood, which was a flop. It closed its business in a few years (thank God for that) and now it’s Lane Crawford Department Store. Will Ocean get its chance again? I hope so.