HK arthouse closes doors

Cine-Art House shutters after 18 years

Hong Kong island will lose its last arthouse theater at the end of November — at least until a new location is found.

Cine-Art House has unspooled an alternative to blockbusters for 18 years in its location at the Sun Hung Kai Center in the Wanchai district.

Sun Hung Kai Properties is revamping the building, which also houses shops and restaurants, and has not renewed Cine-Art’s lease.

“We are going to find another location, but it’s very difficult to find one like this,” said Chui Hin-wai, director and theater management department manager of Sil-Metropole Org., which runs the two-screen Cine-Art.

The cinema has struggled to cover its costs over the past 10 years as audience numbers dwindled.

“Really, we are losing money to run this theater,” Chui said.

Once Cine-Art closes its doors, Edko’s Broadway Cinematheque in the Yaumatei district of Kowloon will be the only option for Hong Kong auds wanting to see non-mainstream pics.

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