Empire Cinematograph~Wo Ping Theatre / 奄派影畫戲院~和平戲院 [1903-1921] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Empire Cinematograph~Wo Ping Theatre / 奄派影畫戲院~和平戲院 [1903-1921]

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

Seating capacity: unknown.  Address: Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong.  Hang Seng Bank Head Office is the current occupant at the site located on the northeast corner of Des Voeux Road Central and Queen Victoria Street intersection.

Empire Cinematograph was the first cinema to operate at the site and one source states its opening date as early as 1903.  On August 3, 1919 another theatre called Wo Ping Theatre started to operate likely replacing the origianl theatre after a rebuilt or renovation.  For a short period in 1921, the theatre took on a new name called Empire Theatre.  Wo Ping Theatre closed its doors final time on November 9, 1921 as the land lease of the theatre building expired.



Photos that show this place



Here's a view of Central Market and the land to the north, c.1907. The low building with the pitched roof may be this cinema:

Central Market
Central Market, by Admin


The same area, seen from the harbour, is visible at the right edge of the two photos below. The upper view is c.1906 and the lower is c.1922:

Central Market
Central Market, by Admin

A picture taken c1913:

Empire Cinematograph Theatre c1913
Empire Cinematograph Theatre c1913, by Herostratus