The Cathay Theatre (Guotai Dianyingyuan, 国泰电影院) is one of the few remaining art-deco cinemas in the city. Located in the former French Concession, at the busy intersection of Central Huahai Road and South Maoming Road. See where this picture was taken. [?]
Designed by the Hungarian architect C. H. Gonda, it was completed in 1930, but opened only on January 1, 1932 - featuring 1,080 seats, all on one main floor. Most of it's glory days the Cathay Theatre held 978 seats, still the largest in Shanghai.
In the cultural revolution the cinema was renamed People’s Cinema. In 1979 it resumed it’s original name Cathay Theatre.
In 2003 the large auditorium was divided into three parts, none of the original interior decoration remains.
PP: Due to the advertising board and the Chinese name being much too bright, this is merged from 2 exposures. 6EV(!) apart. Finally PC and crop.
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