Argyle Street, Mongkok,
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Firms: Chau & Lee
Styles: Art Deco
The Broadway Theatre was the first deluxe theatre to be built on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong after the end of Word War II. Located in the Mongkok district, it opened to business on 24th July,1949 with Dan Dailey in “Give My Regards to Broadway”. According to news reports, it was owned by the Henry G. Leong Estates, Messrs. Chau and Lee were the architects and Man On and Co. the contractors.
An advertisement for the theatre said that:
“The most modern and up-to-date cinema in Kowloon. Offering the best in comfort, sound and projection equipment. Latest air-conditioning installed for your complete enjoyment”.
A cafeteria on the ground and first floor of the theatre building opened simultaneously with the theatre.
The first Cinemascope film “The Robe” to be shown in Hong Kong was premiered at this theatre, as well as Roxy Theatre on Hong Kong Island on 24th December 1953.
The theatre showed English language films in 1950’s and early-1960’s, and in its final years Mandarin language films were shown.
It closed its doors on 15th February 1966, and the final film was a Mandarin language kung-fu film.
An office block was built on the site of the theatre.
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