Great World Theatre

Laichikok Road,
Mongkok,
Hong Kong

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The Chinese  opening advertisement of the Great World Theatre

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The Great World Theatre on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong opened on 21st November, 1952 with Gregory Peck and Ann Blythe in “The World in His Arms”.

The opening advertisement for the theatre read:

“Kowloon’s newest deluxe movie place”.

The theatre showed first-run English language films during its first four years. Between 1st November, 1956 and the mid-1960s, it showed first-run Cantonese language films at reduced prices. Before its closure on 30th November, 1972, first-run Japanese language and English language films were shown. Its last film was a Mandarin language film.

A residential block was built on the site of the theatre.

Contributed by Raymond Lo

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

pyee
pyee on September 16, 2007 at 12:09 pm

The Great World Theatre was located south of Boundary Street, 1.5 blocks west of Nathan Road. For some reasons, it never got to be a popular and busy theatre like some others. I watched several films there, including one about the B-29 flying fortress. The ticket-man there was always nice to let me and my uncle in to share a single seat.
YBF

Sammy40
Sammy40 on January 12, 2011 at 10:39 am

Chinese name is “大丗-界戲院”

hhpy
hhpy on May 25, 2011 at 4:46 am

@YBF. Great World was on the west sid of Nathan Road and, traditionally, the location was less busy than the east side, particularly in Mong Kok. Cinemas on the west side, Great World, South China, Ritz, and even recently Dynasty, were not as busy as those on the east side, Royal, Empress, Gala, Hollywood, and recently Broadway Mong Kok. Rex was the only exception but helped by its location closed to Argyle Street and the MTR station. The further south you go, the effect started to reverse.

Suwanti
Suwanti on May 29, 2011 at 6:40 am

The photograph is wrong.

Suwanti
Suwanti on July 16, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Chinese name:大世界戲院.

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