Hong Kong Cinema

45 Gerrard Street,
London, W1D 5QQ

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Hong Kong Cinema

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Located in central London’s West End, in the heart of Chinatown. It was a conversion of space in the basement of an already existing building, which also contained at the time, a Chinese Cultural Centre.

The Hong Kong Cinema was opened in around 1977, the seating capacity was around 75 to 100. It catered for the Chinese population and screened family films during the daytime, and Kung Fu style films for adults in the evenings.

The cinema held a full Cinematograph Licence issued by Westminster Council and was equipped with two 35mm Phillips FP20 projectors. The films were booked by an Englishman on behalf of the Chinese operators, and they were supplied by Cathay Film Distributors, who specialised in films made in Hong Kong and the Far East.

The Hong Kong Cinema was closed in the mid-1980’s. In 2008, the building is used as a Chinese restaurant named Harbour City Restaurant on the ground floor, with a Ladbrokes Bookmakers operating in the former basement cinema.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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