Shanghai Concert Hall

523 Ya'an Dong Lu Road,
Shanghai 200021

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Shanghai Concert Hall

The former Art Deco (with touches of neo-classical) Nanking Theatre, one of several Western-style movie houses built during the European occupation of the city in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The Nanking Theatre was opened on 25th March 1930 with Glenn Tryon in “Broadway”. It had 1,539-seats in orchestra & balcony levels. In 1950 it was re-named Beijing Cinema. In 1959 it became the Shanghai Concert Hall used for concerts and special performances.

Due to heavy traffic noise, the entire theatre was moved several yards away from the road in 2005. It was renovated in 2020.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Suwanti
Suwanti on July 30, 2005 at 7:52 am

Nanking Theatre opened on 25th March,1930.It had seating capacity of 1539.
The theatre was situated on Avenue Edward VII.

Recently,the Shanghai Cultural Hall underwent restoration and the theatre building was moved backward from the thorougfare.

RobertBurger
RobertBurger on August 21, 2005 at 2:06 am

Architects were Zhao Shen and Fan Wenxhao. The first movie in 1930 was ‘Broadway’. In 1950 it was renamed to ‘Beijing Cinema" and in 1959 it became a concert hall and home of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. In this function, capacity is reported as 1122 seats. Acoustics were excellent, but the noise from nearby heavy-traffic roads became more and more disturbing. So the whole theatre was moved over 66 m to the side in a 6 m USD preservation effort and stands now surrounded by lawns and trees. Here a link to an interesting description of this unique undertaking.
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