Empire~State Theatre / 璇宮~皇都戲院 [1952-1997] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Empire~State Theatre / 璇宮~皇都戲院 [1952-1997]

Current condition: 
Demolished / No longer exists
Date Place completed: 
Date Place demolished: 

Please note that the term "demolished" refers to the date on which cinema operation ended. 

Seating capacity: 1087 for Empire Theatre 璇宮,  1400 for State Theatre 皇都

Address: 291 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong

The original theatre built on the site was the Empire Theatre which operated during the period December 11, 1952 - September 2, 1957.  After extensive renovations, the theatre resumed operation on February 8, 1959 and was named State Theatre.  It was closed on March 1, 1997.

Since the two successive theatres operated at the same site and building, it may also be considered that the period of operation for both is 1952-1997.

On January 10, 2017, the South China Morning Post had an article on the history of the two theatres:  http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/2060936/h...



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Your page on the State Theatre in North point says that it was "Demiolished" in 1997. Actually it is still standing. I believe it's being considered for heritage status. The main theatre floor has been leveled and it's now a rather opulent (albeit moth eaten) pool hall.  Would be wonderful if a white knight could save the theatre and restore the facade to its old glory! 

The date demolised of 1997 is more like the day it stopped being a cinema.  However, there is no such entry available on the general template for places.  Yes I agree it looks ugly the way it is now.


Greetings.  Thanks simonarris and breskvar for your comments.  Yes, the term "demolished" is meant to inform that the cinema's operation has ended.  In the data entry template, if this box is not selected, the complete operating period of the cinema would not show up in the main page header/title, possibly also affect data analysis.  Regards, Peter