Losing Cine-Art House would severely restrict the choice of alternative or 'niche' films available in Hong Kong, especially those from the mainland, movie-goers said. 'Many mainland films are shown at Cine-Art House only,' said the chairman of the Hong Kong Film Critics Society, Shum Long-tin. 'Hong Kong people do not have that many opportunities to watch mainland films unless it is at some film festival.' Salesman Michael Lin, 52, said the Cine-Art House was one of a dying breed. 'It's a pity. There are few cinemas like Cine-Art House where you can see art and alternative films.' Office clerk Akit Wong, 25, who prefers western movies, said although she was no big fan of art films, she felt sorry for fans of the genre. 'There should be a cinema for art films even though it might only cater to a small portion of the population.' But Quentin Chung, who runs a courier business, was indifferent. 'I'm not into the films that the cinema showed so I don't mind whether it's closed or not,' the 37-year-old said.