One of the oldest cinemas in shanghai and Hudec’s most difficult project in Shanghai. It was built on the long, narrow and irregular plot, which made it extremely difficult to design a luxurious 2,000-seat cinema. According to Lin Yun of Shanghai Zhang Ming Architectural Design Firm and chief architect of the theater’s 2007 renovation – “Hudec’s solution was ingenious. Graced by fancy fountains, the lobbies on the first and second floors were shaped like cashews to fit with the shape of the land plot.
Two grand staircases led people from the entrance to the second floor. The artful use of a variety of curves created a free-flowing effect inside.