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Iconic Hong Kong Cinema Closes After 22 Years

Tsim Sha Tsui’s Golden Gateway Cinema had a starring role as a location in the 2002 classic “Infernal Affairs.”

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 February, 2016, 10:28am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:57pm

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying may have said in his recent Policy Address that he wants to boost the Hong Kong film industry, but a 22-year-old cinema shut up shop on Monday.

Tsim Sha Tsui’s Golden Gateway Cinema closed after the expiration of its tenancy. Opened in 1994 by Golden Harvest Cinemas, the cinema had a starring role as a location in the 2002 classic “Infernal Affairs.”

The news was announced on the cinema’s Facebook page. Netizens lamented the end of an era, although others took the chance to criticize the size of the cinema, comparing it to a classroom, and complained that the people sitting in front would always block the audience sitting behind them.