Garden Theatre

Gloucester Road,
Hong Kong

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Garden Theatre

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The Garden Theatre was an open air theatre in the praya reclamation grounds of Wanchai neighbourhood of Hong Kong Islands. The exact location of the cinema is still unknown. It opened on 6th June 1932 and supposedly closed on 10th October 1932. The opening attraction of the cinema was Maurice Chavalier’s “The Smiling Lieutenant”, and the last film being shown was Jeanette MacDonald’s “Let’s Go Native”.

The opening advertisement published by China Mail on 4th July 1932 said that:

“With its myriads of incandescent lights, hundreds of big palms and trees and beautiful decorations, the open air theatre will be a most popular place of amusement in the city for the summer months—Two performances will be given nightly at 7.30 and 9.20 pm.—The theatre will show only the best of talking pictures at moderate prices”.

Contributed by Raymond Lo

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Suwanti
Suwanti on November 23, 2007 at 1:10 am

Correction:—

The opening date of the Garden Theatre should be 6th July,1932.

Suwanti
Suwanti on May 28, 2009 at 4:53 am

Correction:–

As of 31th October, 1932,the Garden Theatre was still in business.

Suwanti
Suwanti on May 29, 2009 at 4:44 am

The Garden Theatre closed on 5th November, 1932.

Suwanti
Suwanti on December 25, 2012 at 12:39 am

The Garden Theatre was at the corner of Luard road and Hennessy Road in Wanchai on the site of the former Chinese New Year Bazaar.The theatre had a frontage of 170 feet on the side of Luard Road and 110 feet on the side facing Hennessy Road and Johnson Road. The theatre had two entrances from Hennessy Road and Johnson Road.
As the Hong Kong Government did not renew the license of the theatre, it had to be closed.

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