Empress Theatre

Nullah Road,
Hong Kong

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Empress Theatre

The Empress Theatre was situated in the Mongkok district on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.

The deluxe cinema opened to business on 21st March,1970 with “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.

It showed first run English language films until its closure on 30th April,1990.

A commercial complex with shopping mall and two mini cinemas was built on the site of the theatre and the adjacent Royal Theatre.

Contributed by Raymond Lo

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hhpy on July 15, 2007 at 11:23 am

Empress is one of my favourite cinemas showing many blockbusters. I watched “Star Wars II”, “the Abyss” and queued for an hour to buy tickets for “Rambo” (ok I was only 15 at that point!). It has long been paired with New York in Causeway Bay then Imperial in Wan Chai. The sound quality was brilliant and it was a good day out there with a mega department store (Da Da) opposite. Since the sad demolition and the closure of the department store, the area went downhill and the new complex couldn’t really lift the area. Hence the new Empress cinemas were only opened for a short period.

Suwanti on August 22, 2007 at 3:58 pm

The Empress Theatre paired with the Oriental Theatre from March 1970 to December 1973.In 1974,it paired with the Capitol Theatre in Causeway Bay.

Raymond Lo[Suwanti]

hhpy on November 9, 2007 at 7:15 pm

My memory can only go back to the time when Empress was paired up with New York in Causway Bay, possibly in 1979, then Imperial after New York was closed, then Park in the late eighties.

Suwanti on July 23, 2008 at 1:33 pm


The Empress Theatre paired with the Imperial Cinema in Wanchai on the Hong Kong Island in 1974.

Suwanti on December 3, 2009 at 10:28 pm

The auditorium was on the 1st floor of the theatre building.

hhpy on May 5, 2010 at 3:00 pm

an image of Empress, possibly in the 80s:
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Suwanti on June 5, 2010 at 2:59 pm

The image is the Prince’s Theatre.

hhpy on November 26, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Sorry Raymond, it was next door. Got the wrong picture. this should be correct: View link

Suwanti on August 2, 2011 at 4:36 am

Chinese name:凱聲戲院.

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