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The Capitol closed sometime between August 2010 and March 2012. (I don’t know when in between.) The lobby has been converted to small shops, but the auditorium is possibly intact.
pseudoholomorphic on June 8, 2013 at 5:35 am (remove)
Pardon me (and pardon to everyone else!) for abusing the comment page, but I couldn’t figure out another way to reach you. Are there any old theaters still open in HK showing old or B-grade/second-run movies (e.g. old kung-fu movies)? Or really any theaters showing anything other than first-run/highbrow films. I understand that the last porn theater closed several years ago, but I was hoping something else might be around. I’d be grateful to know of any tips—I’m going to briefly visit Hong Kong soon.
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Correction: the description says “Bollywood films”, but the movies playing in the photograph are both Tamil, as is the signage.
The Capitol in fact stopped showing adult films in late 2008. It was showing a daily children’s matinee co-sponsored with a Montessori school, and the evening shows would either be second-run or older movies. This remained true as of summer 2010; I haven’t been back since.
“Open (Showing Movies)” isn’t the right designation. There are few signs of life in the “Afghan Cultural Center”. Last time I was nearby, they had a sign up for a one-off event several months prior (I forget what, but it wasn’t a film), and the proprietor of Da Afghanan Kabab House next door says that nothing happens there.
The Dark Room was open by mid-2004 (I was involved with a play there that Summer). A lot of what took place there (at least initially) were things that used to take place at Spanganga, which closed in 2004. It definitely has a stage.
But that’s mainly irrelevant here—it’s not really a movie theater. The “Bad Movie Nights” are the only regular movie screenings it’s ever held, and those are just movies on DVD; I’d be shocked if there were any film projection equipment, much less prints.