Chinese opera fans were lining up yesterday for tickets to three shows starring some of the art's legends - and even action star Jackie Chan - next month to raise funds to renovate the Sunbeam Theatre. Opera stars Yuen Siu-fai and Liza Wong Ming-chuen yesterday explained the poor condition of the city's only Chinese opera venue. 'We need at least $8 million to renovate the entire theatre. That includes fixing the air-conditioning system, fire escapes, back stage and the stage and ceiling, which are falling apart. We're guessing that these three shows will bring in $3 million to $4 million,' Wong said. Performers will include veteran opera stars such as Koi Ming-fai and Connie Chan Po-chu, and action star Jackie Chan. Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie will officiate at the opening ceremony. Ticket sales open today at 9.30am, but people had already started lining up yesterday outside the North Point theatre. The shows will run on October 24, 25 and 26. Wong also called on the government to help raise more money for necessary renovations. 'We will try our best to save Sunbeam, but we need the government to help out,' she said. ' We need them to find a permanent location to help preserve this art.' The 33-year-old Sunbeam Theatre came close to shutting down this year because the landlord wanted to double the rent to $400,000. It was spared from closing last month when property owner Toyo Mall decided to renew its lease for another four years at the same rent. It will stay at its North Point premises for the existing rent of $208,000 a month until 2009.