A few venerable venues of interest
This old movie theatre on Rua de Santa Clara near Hotel Lisboa consists of three halls that can be booked for events. Hall One seats 946 people in an auditorium, which features excellent acoustics. It can be used for other meetings or various stage performances. Halls Two and Three are the 'deluxe' part of the cinema, and have 170 and 104 seats respectively. A slightly shabby exterior belies a lovely interior that feels and looks eminently cinematic, especially if the facility's top-rate lighting equipment is used to full effect.
Dom Pedro V Theatre
This 19th-century theatre house built in a neo-classical style, in St Augustine's Square, seats 350 and features a fine period foyer with red plush curtains and crystal chandeliers, all of which look as if it were sequestered from the movie set of Moulin Rouge. Built in 1860, the theatre was mothballed in the early 1970s and left unused for almost 20 years until extensive restoration work was carried out on the building in 1993. It has also been refurbished in recent months and now provides one of Macau's most intriguing venues. It is possible to make bookings for events through the offices of the Macau Business Tourism Centre.
The Hotel Lisboa does not so much have an address as it is an address, and every other place in the enclave seems to be located according to its proximity to, or distance from, the waterfront icon. It is the original and is an Aladdin's cave of priceless Chinese art treasures - paintings, sculptures, jewellery, and more - that are on display in almost every public area of this labyrinthine complex. And the Lisboa's events facilities remain impressive enough to give the Americans more than a bit of run for their money. There are 10 function rooms, all equipped with a full range of audio-visual facilities, and just about everything from a full public address system to a karaoke set-up that would even make William Hung sound like Marvin Gaye is available. The decor in the lobby area is a surreal blend of The Last Emperor and the febrile imagination of someone such as American movie-maker David Lynch, who really should use this decadent locale as a set.