Ocean Theatre~Grand Ocean Cinema / 海城~海運戲院 [1969-2000]
The operating period given on this page applies to Ocean Theatre only and its closing date is an estimate.
Address: 3 Canton Road, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Seating capacity: Ocean Theatre (retired) 1,772; Grand Ocean Cinema 432
Much of the information presented below is found in the Cinema Treasures web site.
The first cinema to operate at the site was Ocean Theatre starting on February 14, 1969. It was located on the first floor of a hotel building. In August 1994, operation was suspended for the rebuilding of the theatre, the date considered to be the last day of operation for Ocean Theatre in the Wikipedia source. However, the Cinema Treasures discusson states that the renaming occurred later but no precise date is available.
The 1994 rebuilding converted the main level of the theatre to a restaurant and its balcony section rebuilt. (I assume the rebuiding took several months so operation likely resumed in early 1995.)
Some time later (date unknown), the restaurant was closed and the site was rebuilt as a department store. The theatre lobby was relocated and its seating capacity was reduced to 576. It was later renamed (source: Cinema Treasures) as Grand Ocean Cinema. ( I assume this rebuilt occurred five years after the 1994-1995 rebuilding, which would place the renaming date to 2000, which is used for the purpose of this page until better information becomes available.)
Grand Ocean Cinema was closed in autumn 2013 for renovation, and reopened in December 2013 with seating capacity of 432. One current ad gives its capacity as 456. Grand Ocean Cinema continues to operate today.
- Cinema Treasures: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/20672
- Wikipedia's list of theatres no longer operating: https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-tw/%E9%A6%99%E6%B8%AF%E5%B7%B2%E7%B5%90%E6%A...