Nam Cheong Theatre

223-237 Nam Cheong Street, Sam Shui Po,
Hong Kong

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The Nam Cheong theatre was a neighbourhood theatre in Sam Shui Po on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.

The theatre supposedly opened to business on 1st October 1975 with a Mandarin film.
Its 1,462-seat auditorium with stalls and balcony was in the theatre section of a residential building.

It was reportedly built with the capital of a group of overseas Chinese. Nam Cheong is the Cantonese pronunciation of its Chinese name, which is the provincial capitol of Jiangxi of the People’s Republic of China.

The theatre showed Chinese dialect films at full prices, and selected films at 5.30pm happy hour shows at reduced prices during its early years.

On 28th June 1976, the management of the theatre posted an advertisement on newspaper for the purpose of selling the theatre to interested party with the basic asking price of 5 million Hong Kong Dollars.

In the 1980’s, the 5.30pm happy hour shows were cancelled, with the substitution of selected Chinese films at 11am morning shows and selected adult films at 4pm shows at reduced prices instead.

In 1987, the theatre was under renovation and a stage was added in front of the original stage by removing the seats of the front stalls. The number of seats of the theatre was reduced to 1,000, with 500 seats in the stalls and 500 seats in the dress circle.

After a stage was added, the theatre served as a private venue of stage performances on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong after the demolition of the Astor Theatre.

From 1993 through the theatre closed in the late-1999 or early-2000, adult films were shown.

The theatre has been converted into a church.

Contributed by Raymond Lo

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Suwanti
Suwanti on February 8, 2010 at 12:03 am

Its Chinese name is 南昌戲院.

hhpy
hhpy on March 22, 2011 at 6:13 am

In the early 80s, Nam Cheong showed Cantonese films under the GH circuit. I thought the tickets were margainally cheaper than the main cinemas (eg. Golden Harvest in Jordan) but my brother paid for the tickets (so I didn’t know). However, the front-stall used to fitted with wooden seats with no cushions. It was painful to watch a film for 2 hrs sitting on “planks” even when I was a kid.

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