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I remembered seeing Yam Kim Fai and Bak Sheut Sin’s final epic Canto opera motion picture TRAGEDY OF A POET KING aka LI HOU ZHU in 1968 at the Apollo Theatre on Castle Peak Road and Tokyo Road. It was sold out every day for 3 whole weeks!
Kung Fu grindhouse double-feature Sundays were very popular at the North Battleford Capitol Theatre during the early 1970’s. Saw everything from 5 FINGERS OF DEATH, CHINESE CONNECTION, LADY KUNG FU, to TRIPLE IRONS (aka the New One-Armed Swordsmen). They were always sold out, and line-ups began early on Sunday nights. These films attracted local youths, farmers and near-by Aboriginals.
OMG, I was there for their Shaw Brothers opening night premiere of THE BRAIN STEALERS at the Federal Theatre’s 9:30 pm showing!!! That night, Mandarin superstars Li Ching, Lily Ho, Ling Po, Ting Pei and a host of other Shaw Brother contract players cut the ribbons at the front of the auditorium. I wanted to go to the 7:30 pm show because my favorite Connie Chan Bo Chu, Shiu Fong Fong, Fung Bo Bo, Sit Ka Yin and Lui Kei were there but it was sold out. Then, I also used to make my mom take me to eat ham and macaroni soup at that big cafe below the movie theatre. It was just a mere 5 minutes walk away from our old flat.
OMG, I finally found my childhood cinema on Castle Peak Road. I used to see lots of Cantonese movies at the Apollo, including tons of Yum Kim Fei and Connie Chan Bo Chu classics. My uncle also used to take me to the English language 5 pm factory workers' break matinees there too!