Alhambra Theatre

Nathan Road, Yau Ma Ti,
Hong Kong

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Suwantii on December 2, 2017 at 9:07 pm

A new air-condition system was installed in the theatre as of 14th July, 1950. New RCA projectors were also installed.

Suwanti on December 2, 2014 at 1:51 am

According to an advertisement published by the South China Morning Post on 9th December, 1941,the cinema suspended cinema performance until further notice. The war broke out on 8th December, 1941.

Suwanti on May 30, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Its Chinese name is 平安戲院.

hhpy on May 7, 2010 at 3:00 am

Here’s another old picture of Alhambra.
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Suwanti on December 3, 2009 at 11:57 pm

The auditorium was on the ground floor of the theatre building.

pierre27 on August 26, 2009 at 2:57 am

There is an old photo of the theatre in Flickr:
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Suwanti on August 21, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Supplement 11:

The Alhambra Theatre was renamed as Ping On Theatre in late 1942 during the war years.
Ping On is the Cantonese pronunciation of its Chinese name.

Suwanti on June 20, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Supplement 10:
The Alhambra Theatre closed temporarily between 25th July,1935 and 2nd August,1935 ,and re-opened on 3rd August,1935 under a new management with “G-Men”.

Suwanti on October 16, 2007 at 8:41 pm

Supplement 9:
The theatre resumed showing in September 1944 after electricity supply restored.

kencmcintyre on October 12, 2007 at 8:09 am

Here is a May 1958 LA Times article about the demolition accident:

Suwanti on April 13, 2007 at 5:21 pm

Supplement 8:
During the war years,the theatre supposedly closed its doors on 20th August,1944 due to the suspension of electricity supply.

nicholas on September 8, 2005 at 10:55 pm

i am working on a possible documentary project on Hong Kong cinemas and am looking for a cinema (1950’s or 60’s) which might still exist in Hong Kong. Could you please email me at if you have any ideas.
Thanking you in advance

Suwanti on June 9, 2005 at 9:30 pm

Supplement 7:—

The last film to be shown before the outbreak of the war on 8th December,1941 was “鐵羅漢”.I can’t find the original English name of this film.

Suwanti on May 28, 2005 at 4:27 am

Supplement 6:—

According to an sdvertisement published by the China Mail on 29th September,1934:—

The House of Premier Showings of the Best Pictures at the Most Popular Prices
Nathan Road/Kowloon

“The World Changes”

Added Specialities
Horac Heidt and his Califorian’s Orchestra and “Bosko’s Party” Cartoon

Suwanti on May 25, 2005 at 2:06 am

Supplement 5:—

Before World War 2 ,although the Alhambra Theatre was a first run movie theatre, a few selected Cantonese language movies as well as Mandarin language movies were also shown in this theatre.

Suwanti on May 22, 2005 at 2:07 am

Supplement 4:—

In the 1950s,the normal admission prices of the Alhambra Theatre are from $1.50[front stalls] to $3.50[dress circle] Hong Kong Dollar.
Raymond Lo/22nd May,2005

Suwanti on May 21, 2005 at 5:51 pm

Supplement 3:—
According to advertisements published in both Chinese and English language newspapers,the regulated admission prices of “Gone with the Wind” being shown in the Alhambra Theatre and the Queen’s Theatre are :—75 cents、$1.10、$2.20、$3.30 and $4.40 Hong Kong Dollar.
The showing time of the film is 2.30pm and 8pm.
Raymond Lo/22nd May,2005

Suwanti on May 21, 2005 at 9:10 am

Supplement 2:—
According to an article published by the evening newspaper “ the China Mail”,the normal admission prices of the Alhambra Theatre[平安戲院] in 1934 is from 35 cents[front stalls] to $1.50[for the loges and boxes] Hong Kong Dollar.
Raymond Lo/22nd May,2005

Suwanti on May 20, 2005 at 4:08 pm

The Alhambra Theatre was opened by Mr R.H.Kotewall on the night of 31th January,1934.Before World War 2,the theatre was managed by “Hong Kong Amusements Ltd”.
Hong Kong Amusements Ltd.managed over 70 theatres throghout China before World War 2.
Hong Kong Amusements Ltd.,according to a news report published by a English newspaper of Hong Kong,“is now running in this Colony nine cinema theatres,of which the largest are the Queen’s and the Alhambra."
Raymond Lo/21 st May,2005