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Great photo from bassman bobby! Saw my first flick here, “I Want More.” About a concubine that demanded sex from the Emperor. She was accused of a crime, and they forced her to ride a horse with a stick in her vagina, trying to get her to confess. Later, they found the stolen statue in a neighbor’s house…right next to the house from which the statue was stolen.
Yes, this was the third Chinese movie theater…where I spent hours whiling away the time. You could hear the train pass by frequently. Plenty of leg space, double bills. Politically incorrect films that would shock the non-Chinese. They did a slow-motion rape scene.
Great movie theater, 1982-1986. Played the full range of Chinese movies, mostly from Hong Kong. Incredible violence, endless struggle. True, it wasn’t “elegant,” but that was it’s charm. You could just lounge around and no one bothered you. People talked when they felt like it, at clams, smoked, drank soda. NO ONE SAID A WORD TO ME IN TWO YEARS, except on the way out of a film called BEFORE DAWN.
Very strange movie, a guy said “genius” on the way out.
Never saw any fighting there. Everyone very, very laid back. Five year old kids running up and down the aisle. A great place to relax and study the world of Chinese fantasy, which focuses on REVENGE.
Yes, that’s the Rosemary Theater. I saw approximately 100 movies there. I’d come from the Upper West Side—to relax. Sit there for 3-4 hours (often double features). Chinese movies are unique and special. I was there before there were other “gweilos.” I knew Chou Yun Fat before an non-Chinese Americans.
The term “porno” movie is not accurate when talking about Chinese movies. The sex is INTEGRATED with a plot: never a special focus on sex alone. There is no “mind body” split. But yes, a lot of politically incorrect stuff goes on…wouldn’t be acceptable uptown.
Yes, the Rosemary was somewhat more elegant than the other 3 Chinese movies that were there at the time (my movie going days were 1984-1986, that would be 33 years ago.