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Cinemascope screen was installed in 1957, and modified projectors were bought from the then East Germany.
Here is photo I took recently of the Grand Theatre.
The ‘Grand Ã‡inema’ has been noted for being the first in Shanghai in several aspects:
– the first big luxury cinema in Shanghai
– the first one to introduce wide screen projection
– the first one to introduce surround tone
– the first one to officially achieve ‘4 star'status, according to the municipal cinema ranking system
After the renovation in 1992, it now has 1554 seats in the categories single, double and VIP double.
The[old]Grand Theatre opened on 23rd December,1928 and closed in November 1928.It was situated on Bubbling Well Road.
The[new]Grand Theatre opened on 14th June,1933,and the opening film was “My Weakness”.Earphone[Sinophone] system was inaugurated on 4th November,1939 for the benefit of those who could not understand English.Patrons who hired an earphone could heard simultaneous Mandarin translation of the English dialogue.
Recently,the theatre underwent massive redorcation.
The Chinese name of this theatre is “å¤§å…‰æ˜Žæˆ²é™¢"ã€‚