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北角邨地皮擬建社區會堂
2 May 2011
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【太陽報專訊】「粵劇殿堂」北角新光戲院屢傳提早結業,鄰近新光戲院的前北角○用地則被列入本年度勾地表內,民政事務總署有意在該用地發展項目內,加入一座總樓面面積逾一千二百平方米的社區會堂,內設一個可容納四百五十個座位的多用途禮堂連舞台,落成後可舉行粵劇表演。但粵劇界指,劇場至少具八百個座位才適合職業劇團演出,擬建的社區會堂難與新光相提並論,但可讓業餘團體多個演出場地。

○九年與業主續租至明年二月的新光戲院,去年開始一直有風聲傳出因租金上升致經營困難,經營機構有意提前於今年結束戲院,但新光戲院經理王昆穗表示,暫未收到任何新光戲院營運安排的新消息,現階段可說新光會運作至明年租約期滿。不過,業內相信新光戲院結業是「時間問題」,認為增建粵劇場地刻不容緩。民政事務總署向區議會提交的文件指出,當局有意在前北角○用地項目,加入一座總樓面面積約為一千二百六十平方米的社區會堂,其多用途禮堂連舞台、牆壁及天花將鋪設合適隔音物料,落成後可舉行粵劇表演,容納四百五十名觀眾,應付東區文娛表演場地需求。

被指僅適合業餘劇團

民政事務總署表示,該會堂以標準社區會堂規格興建,除禮堂連舞台外,舞台儲物室、男女化妝間及會客室亦一應俱全。北角現無社區會堂,區內居民只能夠使用就近的銅鑼灣社區中心或5魚涌社區會堂,但是步行需時十五分鐘以上,倡建的社區會堂可便利居民舉行社區活動,亦能凝聚歸屬感。東區區議會將於本周四討論建議。社區會堂落成日期須取決於前北角○用地項目的整體發展。有粵劇界人士分析,新光戲院有超過一千個座位,但是擬建的北角社區會堂舞台只有四百五十個座位,且難僅供粵劇團長期租用,故與今年內竣工、前身為油麻地戲院的戲曲活動中心一樣,只適合業餘劇團或粵劇新人作「練兵」之用。
 

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新光明年二月結業 粵劇界恐無演出地
2011年11月21日(一)




【本報訊】營運新光戲院的香港聯藝機構將於明年二月約滿後不再續租,屹立粵劇界四十年的「香港粵劇殿堂」將成歷史。戲院未有明確交代不再續租的原因,僅回應指屬商業決定。演藝業界對新光戲院結業感可惜,稱業界更缺乏大型表演場地,期望當局盡快落成西九戲曲中心。

新光戲院經理王昆穗昨回覆本報查詢時證實,明年二月租約期滿時將不再續租,「係商業決定嚟啫,老闆話唔再續租,咪唔再續租囉,我都唔了解係咩原因。」民政事務局回應指,據悉聯藝不打算在現有租約期滿後繼續營運,當局已採取一系列措施支援粵劇界,如興建高山劇場新翼、改建油麻地戲院,及在康文署大型演藝場地推行粵劇優先租場措施。

康文署演藝小組(中國傳統表演藝術)主席、名伶陳劍聲指,業界近日獲悉新光戲院將結業感到失望,「粵劇界唔夠大型表演場地,就算聯藝唔續約,希望另有有心人再租經營粵劇。」她又指雖然港府發展油麻地戲院,但不能取代新光戲院,「油麻地戲院係一個培養新人嘅搖籃,但得三百個位,代替唔到有千幾個位的新光戲院。」

新光戲院早前於○九年續租時,因租金大幅上漲一度傳出會結業,其後經港府斡旋終能成功續約三年,並由粵劇發展基金每年提供三百萬元租金資助,但最終仍難逃結業命運。
 

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油麻地戲院變身粵劇新秀訓練場
2012年04月17日(二)






【本報訊】空置十四年的二級歷史建築油麻地戲院,最快七月中重開,聯同一街之隔的一級歷史建築紅磚屋,為戲曲演出及新秀培訓提供專用場所。重建後的油麻地戲院保留原有建築物外貌,中式斜屋頂的木檁條及舞台拱廊、側牆原封不動,大堂展示一部相信是當年的電影放映機。戲院本月底至五月舉行三場免費折子戲,明日起開放大堂及售票處派發下周六首場演出門票,餘下兩場即下月二十及二十六日門票於演出前一個月開始派發。

油麻地戲院建於一九三○年,九八年結業,同年獲古物諮詢委員會評為二級歷史建築。政府○七年決定活化,○九年獲財務委員會撥款一億八千六百七十萬元重建,去年九月完工。

建築署高級建築師景國祥昨指,工程難度在於戲院是戰前建築。經評估後,署方特意保留建築物正門入口兩旁雕有花紋的支柱、具裝飾藝術主義的正立面及山牆,亦刻意採用開放式天花,讓觀眾看到屋頂原有鋼桁架及木檁條。為安全計,署方決定於屋頂加裝新鐵架。新舞台較原來舞台伸展十四米,後台設化妝間,前面保留原來台前石牆,建築署特別加裝玻璃窗,日後舉行導賞團開放予旅客遊覽。
 

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Yau Ma Tei Theatre guided tours to introduce history and architectural features
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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Yau Ma Tei Theatre (YMTT), which is a Grade 2 historic building, and the Red Brick Building, listed as a Grade 1 historic building, have been revitalised into a contemporary performing arts venue, in particular for the promotion of Cantonese opera. The external appearance of the original buildings, as well as some of their structural elements and architectural features, has been carefully preserved.

Guided tours will be arranged from December to March next year for the public to tour the two buildings, walk down memory lane and learn more about the architectural features and interesting findings behind the revitalisation project.

The guided tours, to be conducted in Chinese, will be held on December 15 and 30, January 12 and 27, February 2 and 3 and March 16 and 17. Two sessions will be held at 10.30am and 11.30am on these days. Each session, for 15 to 20 persons, will last for about 45 minutes. Admission is free and the quota is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For advance registration, please call 2264 8108.

YMTT was once a popular spot for film buffs and has provided space for leisure and entertainment for the area's residents, who have fond memories of the venue. It was meant to be a modest building and was built with brick and granite, the most basic and common materials at the time.

It is characterised by mixed Chinese and Western design including its Chinese pitched roof, an art deco fa?ade and Dutch gable walls, and the most striking features are the two pillars at the front entrance, engraved with crying and laughing masks, as well as the theatre's proscenium arch. The YMTT opened in 1930. It is the only pre-World War II cinema building that remains in the urban area. It was listed as a Grade 2 historic building by the Antiquities Advisory Board in 1998.

The Red Brick Building adjacent to the YMTT was built in 1895 as an engineer's office for a major pumping station in Kowloon. It is the oldest surviving water pumping station building of the Water Supplies Department. The station ceased operation in 1911 and the Red Brick Building was accorded Grade 1 historic building status in 2000. Its special features include a red brick exterior, cast iron rainwater pipes and hopper heads, arched verandahs and granite coping stones and pad stones to gable.

For details of the guided tours, please visit the YMTT's website at www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/ymtt/en/tour.php.
 

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Arts hub opera venue to open in January
Oct 15, 2018
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Xiqu Centre 戲曲中心 - 280918_DSF3017j by KK Hui Photography, on Flickr

One of the key structures in the West Kowloon Cultural District, the Xiqu Centre, will open on the January 20, officials announced today.

The center is dedicated to promoting and developing Cantonese opera and other genres of Chinese traditional theater, RTHK reports.

The Cantonese opera classic, the Reincarnation of Red Plum, will be the first show to be staged there.

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority said applications for tickets to the opening programme will be accepted via its website from Tuesday morning.

The Xiqu Centre houses two theatres with a combined 1,300 seats. The 13,800-square-metre centre will be the first major venue to open in the multi-billion-dollar West Kowloon Cultural District project.
 

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Designing Hong Kong’s Xiqu Centre, performing arts venue and gateway to West Kowloon Cultural District
Following the death of Bing Thom, the architect behind Tsim Sha Tsui’s Xiqu Centre, Venelin Kokalov, of Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects), finished the project in collaboration with Ronald Lu & Partners
June 7, 2019
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Interpretation

“We won the project via an international design competition in 2013. Our vision was to give something to Hong Kong that would help to bring local cultural heritage to a new generation. As a gateway for the West Kowloon Cultural District, we wanted to create an art form using different construction techniques.

“A key design element was raising the main theatre about 27 metres. So instead of a massive, unfriendly building at ground level that is only used for two hours in the evenings, we created an urban plaza beneath the theatre that can be used for exhibitions, perform*ances and as a meeting point, inviting the public to linger and explore.”

Challenges

“The size of the site was tiny compared with the scale of the building and the require*ments of this type of performance. Traditional Chinese opera [xiqu] is a story*telling art form – it is important to bring the audience close to the stage, so they can see the performers’ gestures and details of the costumes. So, Xiqu Centre is a 1,073-seat theatre that feels intimate. At the same time, a lot of back-of-stage area is required. You also have to get the acoustics right. [London-based firm] Sound Space Vision integrated audio sys*tems and acous*tics allowing for a wide and continuous spec*trum of acoustical produc*tion, from highly amplified to natural.”

More : https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/design-interiors/article/3013154/designing-hong-kongs-xiqu-centre
 

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