State Theatre, HK. Photo – Wikimedia Commons

British architects to revamp landmark 1950s Hong Kong cinema

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…

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Paramount cinema billboard: covid-19 "intermission". Photo by Nick Bolton on Unsplash

‘Inflection point’ for cinema exhibition business model

The Cinema Business and specifically exhibition have been a challenging business model since their beginning.  It enjoyed a golden age, and while forever changed by the advent of television, it has remained a significant, stable, and profitable business. It faced an onslaught of challenges that had many predicting its demise including VCR, Cable, DVD/Blu-Ray, and streaming.  The key reason that exhibition survived these challenges is focused and consistent re-invention and innovation. All businesses rely upon partners to provide them products and/or services.  Exhibition takes that to another level by relying…

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Grozny Mall, Kausar Park. CGI by Chapman Taylor

‘Placemaking’ Chechen mall wins best shopping centre 2020

Grozny Mall in Chechnya, southern Russia has been named “Best Shopping Centre” at the 2020 Arendator Awards in Moscow. Arendator.ru is a major Russian commercial property news website, with the awards ceremony, which took place at Moscow’s Modus Restaurant on Thursday, October 1, 2020, honouring the best projects in the commercial property sector. Designed by Chapman Taylor, Grozny Mall will be the largest shopping mall in southern Russia, bringing together national and international retail brands within a 132,000 sq m development. A hypermarket, a food court and restaurants will complement…

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