Sunbeam Theatre

423 King's Road,
Hong Kong

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Sunbeam Theatre

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The Sunbeam Theatre is in the North Point district on the Hong Kong Island. It opened to business on 16th September, 1972 with a Mandarin narrated archaeological documentary.

Its spacious lobby and auditorium are on the ground floor of the theatre building. The stalls section is stadium seating, and the projector room is in the rear of the stalls.

It showed selected Chinese dialect and English language films while no Chinese operas or Mandarin variety shows were performed.

In 1989, the theatre was divided into two auditoriums, with the smaller one converted from the balcony for showing films, while the larger one converted from the stalls for stage performances. In March 2007, the smaller auditorium was rebuilt as a multi-purpose theatre for stage performances.

The Sunbeam Theatre is the last private theatre in Hong Kong for stage performances. After its current lease contract expires, its future as a theatre is uncertain. It was set to close on 19th February 2012, but was reprieved.

Contributed by Raymond Lo

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

Suwanti
Suwanti on November 11, 2008 at 2:40 pm

The Sunbeam Theatre will probably be closed in early 2009.

Suwanti
Suwanti on February 11, 2009 at 3:13 am

The lease of the Sunbeam Theatre is reportedly extended for three years.

Suwanti
Suwanti on July 22, 2011 at 10:02 am

The contract of the theatre expires in 2012.

Suwanti
Suwanti on December 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm

The theatre will be closed in March 2012.

Suwanti
Suwanti on December 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Chinese name:新光戲院.

hhpy
hhpy on February 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm

it has announced that Sunbeam will be closed on 19th Feb 2012. http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?pp_cat=30&art_id=119480&sid=35333083&con_type=1

hhpy
hhpy on February 20, 2012 at 11:57 am

Latest news is that Sunbeam has been saved for 4 years. The rent is now HK$1m (US$129k) a month but I am not sure if they can keep the business up with such a high rent.

Suwanti
Suwanti on May 23, 2012 at 12:50 am

The theatre re-opened on 20th May, 2012.

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