Imperial Cinema

29 Burrows Street,
Hong Kong

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Functions: Church, Restaurant

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The auditorium of the Vine

The Imperial Cinema was situated in the Wanchai district on the Hong Kong Island.
It opened to business on 15th February, 1969 with “Shalako”.

In January 1987, it was the first cinema in Hong Kong to be twinned, with one screen in the balcony and another in the stalls. In the mid-1990s, the auditorium in the stalls was divided into two screens. The spacious lobby on the ground floor was closed and the ticket booth was moved to another location.

It showed first run English language and Chinese dialect films until its closure on 3rd March 2004.

Contributed by Raymond Lo

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

Suwanti on July 6, 2011 at 3:50 am

After the closure of the East Town Theatre[70mm theatre],the sound and projection system of the Imperial Cinema is of the highest standard as compared to other cinemas in the Wanchai district of the Hong Kong Island.

Suwanti on September 13, 2011 at 4:58 am

The church rebuilt from the former Imperial cinema has classrooms,coffee shop and a hall with stalls and balcony and a stage for religious services.

Suwanti on October 7, 2011 at 4:10 am

The balcony of the former Imperial Cinema has been preserved ,while the stalls of the new auditorium is rebuilt.

Suwanti on October 7, 2011 at 4:13 am

The original lobby of the former Imperial Cinema has been converted into a coffee shop.

hhpy on October 7, 2011 at 11:07 am

Raymond: Do you know if Imperial is going to be re-opened as a cinema again?

Suwanti on October 25, 2011 at 3:50 am

No, the auditorium of the Vine do not have projector.

Suwanti on October 25, 2011 at 4:09 am

The following passages are quoted from a booklet published by The Vine on June 2011. 2nd floor:auditorium The second floor is home to the lower house of our auditorium, along with a lounge and a cry room for parents with young babies. the design,lighting and materials used in the auditorium draw both upper and lower house into close proximity and create an intimate setting for meetings.The auditorium has been constructed to comply with building and fire regulations for a place of public entertainment and can be used for a wide variety of programmes including our own worship services and ministry events.The lower house also has both tiered fixed seating and removable seating,and can seat 360 people. Thew capacity of the entire auditorium[both lower and upper house]is over 600 when fully seated and around 730+ if the loose seats are removed from the lower house to allowing for standing room.The upper and lower house can also be separated and used independently for lectures,seminars or meetings when needed. 4th floor:Upper House This half-floor is the upper house of the auditorium.Its has its own AV equipment and movable petitions to allow the area to be completely separated from the lower house of the auditorium when necessary so it can function as a separate lecture,seminar or meeting space.The capacity of the upper house is 250 seats.

hhpy on October 26, 2011 at 3:17 am

So it looks like it can be showing movie again… possibly for the international film festival??

Suwanti on November 27, 2011 at 4:01 am

The auditorium of the Imperial Cinema was on the first floor of the cinema building.

Suwanti on January 26, 2014 at 2:56 am

The church has a lease of 15 years.

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