Where: We're on Queen's Road Central, with D'Aguilar Street leading off to the left, and Theatre Lane to the right.
Here's how it looks today:
What: The big building on the right is the original Queen's Theatre. It closed in 1958, so only a lucky few readers will remember that building. Most of us will remember the second generation of Queen's Theatre that replaced it though:
Back to the old photo, and further on from the theatre we reach these two buildings with their distinctive columns:
They're both visible in this photo of Queen's Road from the 1920s. The arches above the closer set of pillars are clear to see at the right edge of the older photo:
There were 30 years between those photos, and several buildings appear in both. But the 60-year gap between the 1950s photo and today is just too wide: none of the buildings from the 1950s are still here. The only visible connections are a few brands which live on - San Miguel beer at top left, Jimmy's Kitchen and Camel Paints over on the right:
When: Queen's is showing the film 'Battle Cry':
It was released in America on 2nd February, 1955, dating this photo to the mid 1950s.
UPDATE: In the comments below, Moddsey notes that Battle Cry wasn't showing yet, and narrows down the date to April 1955:
The film "They Rode West" was screened at the Queen's Theatre between 20 and 22 April 1955 with the film "Battle Cry" as the 'Next Change'. The Savoy Lounge next to the theatre was an entertainment nightspot.
Who: It's a long shot, but I wonder if anyone remembers the owner of this car:
Whoever chose that registration number was out to be noticed. Following the Chinese tradition of assigning meanings to numbers, the number 4424 translates to: "die, die, easy die" !