New Kowloon Cinema Theatre / 新九龍映戲院 [1926-1941]
Seating capacity: unknown
Address: 95 Kai Yan Road**, Kowloon City, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
The location marker is approximate. Current Google Maps show a short Kai Yan Street on the former Kai Tak Airport site. The high street number suggests that the street at one time was longer than is now.** The Cinema Treasures page shows a photo of the cinema with Chinese caption in the photo "Located in Kowloon City Cheung On Street New Kowloon Cinema, 1930s, site subsequently became Kai Tak Airport Visitors plaza/building".
I wonder how Cheung On Street fits in the address equation. The cinema's Chinese name is the first I run into. One meaning of "映" in Chinese is "reflect" so I believe they used it in the early years to best describe how film projection works. It is called "New" Kowloon Cinema; I need to find the orginal one.
New Kowloon Cinema was built in 1926 and business likely started the same year. It was closed on December 8, 1941 as WWII was edging closer to Hong Kong. According to Cinema Treasures, the theatre was reportedly demolished by the Japanese Army for the expansion of the Kai Tak Airport during the war years.
** Edit December 27,2017 - The marker was placed initially using an old map which shows Kai Yan Street of limited length. The current location in on Kai Yan Road which no longer exists, and reflects readers comments and photos related to the theatre, and this map: https://gwulo.com/atom/11488/zoom
- Cinema Treasures: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/21650