Sai Yuen Theatre / 西園戲院 [1924-1954]
Seating capacity: unknown.
Address: 7 Water Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong. A Google street walk was taken to identify the location of the theatre using the above address - on the west side of Water Street where it intersects with Second Street. Cheong Wing Court is the current occupant at the site. (please see edit below)
Edit: May 29, 2017 - David's research has revealed (see comments section below) that the cinema was most likely located across the street to the east. Accordingly, I have moved the location marker to the east side of Water Street.
The Chinese name of the theatre is 西園 meaning west or western garden. Its English name is not available so Cinema Treasures named it Sai Yuen to match with its Cantonese pronounciation.
Sai Yuen opened to business in June 1924 showing silent movies until talking movie apparatus was installed in the 1930s. It continued to operate during the war years but showing only films censored by the Japanese Army. It was closed sometime after October 17, 1943, and returned to business after WWII (1945). It closed its doors the last time in late 1954. For the purpose of this page, its closing date is July 1954.
- Cinema Treasures: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/28118
- 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...