The Origins of Cinema(going)

Going to the cinema is a very popular form of mass entertainment. In Hong Kong, there was a time when ‘cinemas were in every district’. Let the historic carbon arc light projector take you on a journey through time and space, to visit the mysterious projection room, and learn about the audio-visual technology of celluloid film screening!

Written, Edited, Published & Distributed by

Researcher, Writer & Editor: Wong Ha Pak
Contributor & Translator: Erica Leung
Editor: Janis Law
Coordinator: Aki Kung
Illustrator: Rick Lo @Rickubic
Designer: Hei Shing Book Design

Language: Cantonese & English
Publication Date: 10/2022
For ages: 9+

ISBN: 978-988-74653-1-7
Printed and published in Hong Kong

Price: HK$60

Wong Ha Pak
Since 2006, Wong has been writing articles for the blog ‘Talk Cinema’ for 14 years, mainly focusing on the development of cinemas in Hong Kong and Macau, as well as in Europe and the United States. During this period, his publications include In Search of Cinema in Hong Kong: Years Revealed and In Search of Cinema in Hong Kong: Beyond the Screen (both 2015). In addition, he has been interviewed by newspapers, magazines and TV programmes on the development of Hong Kong cinemas. His articles have been published in Ming Pao and Hong Kong Film Archive’s Newsletter.

Rick Lo @Rickubic
Rick Lo is an illustrator, a designer and a university lecturer. He studied communication design at RMIT University in Australia and now staying in Hong Kong. Rick Lo is a member of the Hong Kong Designers Association and Hong Kong Society of Illustrators. In 2018, Rick Lo is among the ‘8 Talented and Inspiring Hong Kong Illustrators You Need To Know’, featured on a lifestyle magazine Localiiz.

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•Art and Culture Outreach (14/F, Foo Tak Building, 365-367 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong)
•Book Punch (3/F, Tai Nam Commercial Building, 169 Tai Nam Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon)
•HKAC Art Shop (G/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong)
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Online Shop
•Hong Kong Reader Bookstore – (7/F, 68 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, Kowloon)
•kubrick Yau Ma Tei (Shop H2, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St., Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon)



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