GH Washington Theatre
92-98 Parkes Street,
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Previously operated by: Golden Harvest Cinemas
Previous Names: Washington Theatre
The Washington Theatre was situated in the Yaumati district on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. It opened to business on 21st May 1971 with “The Servant”. Its spacious lobby was on the ground floor, while the 1,223-seat, long and narrow auditorium was on the first floor of the theatre building.
The theatre was re-named the GH Washington Theatre on 1st January 1990, when Golden Harvest Cinemas operated the building. It showed first run English language films from its opening until 1989, and from 1990 until its closure on 28th June, 1993, Chinese dialect films were shown.
A residential building was built on the site of the theatre.
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A picture of Washington, possibly in 80s.
The rename to GH Washington was triggered by the closure/redevelopment of Empress and Royal in Mongkok. The Royal chain took Empire, in Mong Kok, back from the Newport chain to replace Royal as the leading cinema. In turn, Newport chain took Golden Harvest, in Jordan, from the Golden Harvest chain, renamed it as Newport, which became the leading cinema in their chain. Golden Harvest therefore moved to GH Washington, under Ecko chain and paired with Lee at that point, and it’s only a block away from the original GH. It was a bit of a waste because Washington was equiped with one the best audio systems (THX) for Hollywood blockbusters in late 1980s while GH only showed Cantonese movies.