State Theatre, HK. Photo – Wikimedia Commons

British architects to revamp landmark 1950s Hong Kong cinema

Unique architectural feature. Image:
Unique architectural feature. Image:

WilkinsonEyre and Purcell have been chosen to conserve and rehabilitate Hong Kong’s Grade I-listed State Theatre

The UK duo were selected for the design commission after completing a feasibility study for the restoration project, which is backed by local property company New World Development.

The practices will reinstate the architecture of Hong Kong’s derelict State Theatre movie palace while also conserving the 68-year-old building’s mural relief and parabolic exoskeleton truss (pictured).

New World Development chief executive Adrian Cheng said: ‘The State Theatre is one of the last standing cultural icons of Hong Kong and, together with our international team, we will do our best to conserve and restore this iconic building to its original glamour and build a cultural oasis that serves the community.’

The State Theatre was designed by Liu Sun-fo and George W Grey in 1952, and was originally one of the city’s most important large-scale live music and entertainment venues.

It featured a 1,300-seat theatre with a 56-foot cinema screen and played an important role in the development of Hong Kong as a centre of film production and consumption during the 1970s and 1980s.

The Grade I-listed complex was damaged by fire in 1995 and was later converted into a snooker hall. It is currently in a poor state of repair…

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