Cheung Chau Theatre
San Hing Back Street,
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Cheung Chau Theatre was a small neighbourhood cinema situated in Cheung Chau. Cheung Chau is an outlying island off the southern coast of the Lautau Island.
There are two versions of its opening year. According to the "List of the Historic Buildings in Building Assessment" made public on 18th March, 2009, the theatre was built in 1931. A news article published by the Chinese language Hong Kong Economic Times said that the theatre opened to business in 1936. Both versions do not have references.
There is a proposal to list the theatre building as a "Grade III" historical building. In Hong Kong, a "Grade III" historical building can be demolished.
During the war years, no information is available about the theatre. The theatre re-opened at an unknown date after the war, and showed selected films until its closure in the 1990’s.
After its closure, the theatre gradually became a derelict building, while the screen and its iron chairs remain intact, the roof above the auditorium has partially collapsed. The wooden ladder leading to the projector room has also broken, and the projector room is inaccessible.
The stalls only auditorium was on the ground floor of the theatre building, with its Chinese name in four characters above the entrance and on top of the front facade.
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