Palisade

Tsim Sha Tsui,
Hong Kong

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The Palisade was an open-air cinema in Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. Its advertisement boasted "Amusement without discomfort. "According to a news article published by the English language The Hong Kong Daily Press on 13th July, 1916, the cinema had "a large roofless enclosure,with ample provision against any sudden change in the elements."
The cinema opened to business on 12th July, 1916 with band playing numbers selected from the following revues:"To-night the Night","Shell Out","The Cinema Star","Push and Out" and other well selected incidental music. Whether films were shown at the opening night was unknown.

The films shown at the cinema included "The
Black Box","The Lion Hunters","The Money Kings","The Evil Genius","The Last Dance" etc.
As it was an open-air cinema, its programme was always interrupted by bad weather. An news article published by the English language Hong Kong Telegraph on 14th September, 1916 said that:"Owing to the threatening weather,the Palisade was not open last night."

Its programme was sometimes accompanied by band playing music. "Tomorrow night the famous band of the Empress of Russia will play during the programme. " as reported by the Hong Kong
Telegraph on 1st September, 1916 was one of its music programmes.

On 30th September, 1916, The Palisade showed "The Prisoner of Zenda" and "My Friend from India".
As no advertisement of the Palisade can be found after 1st October, 1916, the cinema probably closed on 1st October, 1916.

Contributed by Raymond Lo
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