Yuen Long Cinema (元朗戲院) [????- ] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Yuen Long Cinema (元朗戲院) [????- ]

Current condition: 
In use

Hi there,

Don't know if it is the second or third incantation of the cinema.  The ground floor had been re-purposed into a Supermarket and the Post Office,   As the building has tiled roof I believe it's got to be a bit old.

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Greetings.  A 2017 Google street view shows its sign outside "Operating since 1961".

Another source gives its address and opening date as Number 8 Pau Cheung Hamlet - 
"新界區:元朗戲院 (1959) 新界元朗炮仗坊8號 ".  http://www.oldcake.net/viewthread.php?action=printable&tid=7344

Regards, Peter

A website's been doing a very detailed research about history of Yuen Long. One of the pages talks about Yuen Long Cinema (in Chinese though):

http://blog.terewong.com/archives/16867

That area was located near the Yuen Long Old (and New) Market and was thus a hotspot in Yuen Long in the past decades. Now those streets are famous for prostitution though!

The very first shop of Hui Lau Shan (the chained herbal tea shop) is in the opposite of the cinema.

Greetings, and thank you Wilson for the link to the cinema's history page.  Its key points I noted are: two levels designed to hold 1,500 seats; took 10 months to construct; opening day January 17, 1961; current space smaller than the original due to presence of shops and post office (already covered by tngan).

The "1959" date in the other source might be referring to the first generation, or a typo?  Given the newspaper coverage and the ads, "1961" is definitely the date to use, unless we discover convincing data that proves otherwise.  Regards,  Peter