Shanghai Concert Hall

523 Ya'an Dong Lu Road,
Shanghai 200021

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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 20s and 30s, is now the Shanghai Concert Hall used for concerts and special performances.

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Suwanti
Suwanti on July 29, 2005 at 8:52 pm

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 20, 2005 at 3:06 pm

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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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 25, 2005 at 4:01 am

A current interior and exterior photographs……takes a little while to load up, but well worth it….here:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 25, 2005 at 11:11 pm

Some amazing 2003 photographs of the former Nanking Theatre (now the Concert Hall) being moved a few yards to its new location:
http://en.structurae.de/photos/index.cfm?JS=24902
http://en.structurae.de/photos/index.cfm?JS=24903
http://en.structurae.de/photos/index.cfm?JS=24904
http://en.structurae.de/photos/index.cfm?JS=24899

More details on the move here:
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