Grand Cinema

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216 Nanjing Xi Lu

Known to foreigners as ‘the best cinema of the Far East’, the Grand Cinema was frequented by Shanghai’s glitterati in its 1930s heyday. Another Hudec work, it was completed in 1933 and was the height of technological innovation – each seat had a translation system installed so that the Chinese audience could enjoy the foreign-language films through individual earpieces.

Now, you'll get the biggest ’20s and ’30s Art Deco fix here; from the wrought iron railings to the up-lit stuccos, lashings of Italian marble and the signature font on the public signs. Though there are six screens, the biggest is Screen One (which you can enter through either ‘odd’ or ‘even’ entrances), split into two tiers of 1,554 seats.

Venue name: Grand Cinema
Opening hours: 10am-1030pm, daily
English address: 216 Nanjing Xi Lu Near Jiujiang Road Huang Pu
Chinese address: 南京西路 216号,近九江路