Yee Wo Street,
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Architects: Tsun Fung
Styles: Streamline Moderne
The Roxy Theatre was the first modern deluxe theatre to be built in Hong Kong after World War II. It was situated in the newly developed Causeway Bay neighbourhood of the Hong Kong Island. Since the plot of the theatre was irregular shaped, the entrances to the auditorium were on the right side while the exits opening to side streets were on the left and back sides.
The theatre opened on 30th March, 1949 and the first film was “That Lady in Ermine”.
The first Cinemascope film “The Robe” to be screened in Hong Kong was premiered at the theatre as well as the Broadway Theatre on the Kowloon side on 24th December, 1953.
In the late-1960’s and early-1970’s, the service and apparatus of the theatre was deteriorating rapidly, and on 1st February 1974, the Roxy Theatre closed its doors forever. The last film shown was a Mandarin-language kung-fu film.
The theatre was demolished in March 1974, and the vacant site was redeveloped as a high rise residential building.
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