Capital Theatre

298 Un Chau Street,
Cheung Sha Wan,
Hong Kong

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The Capital Theatre was situated in Cheung Sha Wan on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.

It was the first multi-storey triplex to be built in Hong Kong after the enactment of building ordinance which allows the erecting of structure on the ceiling of theatre auditorium. The theatre opened to business on 21st August, 1982 with a Chinese language and a English films. Its three auditoriums were on the first, third and fifth floor of the theatre building with lobby on the ground floor. The seating capacity of its three auditoriums were 493, 470, 470.

It showed first-run films until its closure on 6th December, 1996. A residential building was built on the site of the theatre.

Contributed by Raymond Lo

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Suwanti
Suwanti on December 19, 2009 at 7:22 am

Its Chinese name is 京華123.

hhpy
hhpy on November 26, 2010 at 5:06 am

The lobby of Capital was so small (at the time of opening) that the patrons had to wait at a covered ally just outside. As Raymond pointed out, it was the first multi-storey triplex and it also started to end the era of large cinemas in Hong Kong.

hhpy
hhpy on January 15, 2014 at 5:03 am

When it opened, cinema 1 was with GH circuit until the whole cinema closed. Cinema 2 was “floating” but mostly with South China/Nam Yang circuit. Cinema 3 was with Lee/Washington (Edko) circuit, which also managed the cinema I think. When it was opened in 1982, it was such a big event and the cinemas were fitted with inclinable seats. I went there very soon after it opened (to watch a japanese Magna cartoon). The seats were bearly movable for an inch and it was very close to the screen. There were virtually no leg room at all. Although it was in my neighbourhood, I hardly went there because the seats was not comfortable. After Capital, Cathay ABC and Broadway Mongkok followed a very similar design.

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