Inside a projection room at Dadong Theater

Old Theaters of Taiwan 台灣的老戲院

Gathered here are mementos from an ongoing survey of Taiwan's many vintage theaters. The theater industry exploded in the 1960s but went into steep decline in the late 1990s with the popularization of home video, downloading, and modern cineplexes. Hundreds of theaters went out of business in the 2000s but many of their abandoned husks still litter the urban landscape of the nation. Of course, I am also interested in those old theaters that found a way to stay in business, so you'll also find reports of those in this section.

Jul 2018

Chishang Wuzhou Theater 池上五洲戲院

Mar 2018

Xiluo Yuandong Theater 西螺遠東戲院

Feb 2018

Guobin Commercial Building 國賓商業大樓

Dec 2017

Dalin Xinxing Theater 大林新興戲院

Oct 2017

Shezi Theater 社子大戲院

Oct 2017
2

Shifen Longxing Theater 十分隆興戲院

Aug 2017

Beigang Theater 北港劇場

Jul 2017

Xiluo Yisheng Theater 西螺一生戲院

Jul 2017
2

Xinying Chenggong Theater 新營成功戲院

Jul 2017
1

Hsin Kang Theater 新港戲院

Jul 2017

Xinjianguo Theater 新建國戲院

Jul 2017

Lize Theater 利澤戲院

Apr 2017

Dong’an Theater 東安戲院

Jan 2017

Beidou Yuandong Theater 北斗遠東戲院

Jan 2017
2

Donggong Theater 東宮戲院

Dec 2016

Zhongsen Theater 中森戲院

Dec 2016

Shuangxi Donghe Theater 雙溪東和戲院

Dec 2016

Xizhou Theater 溪州戲院