由汪福慶談到快樂戲院

2016/04/07 at 3:36 pm | Posted in 香港戲院/九龍 | 14 Comments

…….在那陰陰寒寒的日子,不經不覺三月份又過去了,原來整整一個月沒有上載內容。

…….早前有一貼寫到汪福慶導演的《銷魂大姐》,當時便記起許敦樂先生在《墾光拓影》一書談到中資機構租用快樂戲院一事,當中便提到該院早年由汪福慶經營,如是寫:

…….「楊(耀隆)先生是九龍佐敦道快樂戲院的業主,該院租予了上海人汪福慶放映西片。汪是國語影壇名人張善崑(琨)的好朋友。張善崑(琨)在1949年曾在香港拍攝了白光主演的《血染海棠紅》等五部電影,哄動一時。《血染海棠紅》由汪安排在快樂戲院作為開幕電影,快樂戲院也因此成名。楊先生和我們見面後,稱該戲院在1958年待汪的租約屆滿後即可『放盤』。初時開價三百二十萬,後來又說家族中有人不想賣斷,只答應出租三十個月,要求每月租金三萬元,即共九十萬元,而且要一次過付清,條件比普慶戲院更『辣』。結果,我們還是答應了。

…….「我們用九十萬元租快樂戲院三十個月,在當時來說,價錢是相當高的。但為了建立據點以便和香港的國泰戲院聯線放映國語電影,就不能太計較了。」

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…….快樂戲院於1949年1月28日開幕,開幕當天放映《笑臉迎春》(The Laughing Lady)。《血染海棠紅》則於1949年8月13日在樂聲和快樂聯映。直至1958年由中資機構租下經營,並於該年8月8日晚上九時半舉行群星首映禮,放映天馬公司出品、韓非主演的《幸福》。《大公報》的公映廣告附有華樂娛樂公司許敦樂、王逸鵬敬約的啟示,指出該公司於當天下午七時舉行開幕禮。

…….戲院經營者易手,沒有更改名字,也視作重新開幕,同日《大公報》報導指出「快樂戲院以後專映國產影」,同時,「戲院為了減輕觀眾的負擔,決定將票價降低,分前座七角、後座一元二角、超等一元七角、特等二元四角四種」。

…….至於前文提到汪福慶,據1968年1至4月《香港影話》報導介紹,他分別為新都的經理、樂都的院主。

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  1. 很可惜,沒有到快樂看過電影!幸好,快樂沒有因曾放映大陸電影而遭抵制!

    • 快樂只看過一次,就是90年年初三睇<蝙蝠俠>首集,當時還去恆豐商場地下食燒雞等夠鐘。

      • 謝謝兩位的分享。我亦只去過快樂一次,約九十年代初看「靈異空間」Flatliners。戲院已頗殘舊,映廳與大堂僅一簾之隔,結構較簡單。

        說起恆豐,猶記少年時代由澳門來香港,第一次入必勝客吃Pizza(也許是人生第一口Pizza),就是在恆豐最底層那一家,感覺很好吃。其實已有很多年沒吃過這食品。

        • Been there a couple of times; once was watching “The War of the Roses” and the other was “Sleeping with the Enemy”, both in early 1990s. It showed foreign films only because the demolition of the much better Empress in Mong Kok in 1991. The design of Liberty wasn’t great, narrow and long. If you took a seat at the back of the stall, you can even see the roof of the cinema. The balcony (dress circle) was very low. The sound system was really poor, considering the technology in 1990s. Since the opening of Dynasty in Mong Kok, I switched to a marginally better place. If the owner at the time used Newport (the old Golden Harvest) for foreign films while Liberty remained in the local Newport Circuit, I might have made a different choice. hhpy

        • ” It showed foreign films only because the demolition of the much better Empress in Mong Kok in 1991. ”
          As far as I know, the Isis/ Liberty circuit was infamous for showing soft porn films since later 1970s’. Occasionally the circuit, with 5 cinemas, joined others to show blockbusters, included 4 Moore Bonds film in a row. In 1985 it became in practice “Golden Princess B circuit” mainly showing HK films. During the great foreign film circuit re-shuffling in 1986, Liberty lined up with Park to show films of United International Pictures (UIP).

        • 六十年代,曾與灣仔東城戲院聯線,又曾與東方聯線。七十年代初,曾與豪華
          聯線,又曾與京華聯線。

        • 五十年代,和豪華聯線!

        • Correction: Tony was correct. Liberty did show foreign films before forming the “Newport foreign film circuit” with Park. It was paired with Park and Empire in 1986 and before with Isis (taking breaks from pronos perhaps!) and others like Capitol (Causeway Bay) and Hoover. However, there was hardly any improvement/renovation for suiting the foreign movies in 1990s. In particular the sound system was really poor. You could hear the traffic at Jordan Road. hhy

  2. 快樂戲院九十年代我也看一次, 是鈴木保奈美主演” 星空下之戀情”。雖說是殘舊但傳統大戲院(跟現在的比較)的大螢幕和空間我還是很愛。它的英文名叫Liberty, 當時還是中學生的我覺得這些老戲院英文名改真是有點水準, 比起現在譯名只音譯甚至是普通話發音, 實在很不讓人懷念起港英時代

    • 快樂開業時已命名Liberty。香港當時戲院的英文名字,不少都是外國普遍應用的戲院名稱,像Alhambra, Apollo, Lux, Rex, Roxy, Capitol, Odeon等。

      • 還有Queen’s 皇后, King’s 娛樂,Princess 樂宮,Majestic 大華。

        • 快樂95年前曾是新寶西片線龍頭戲院,但於何年和百樂組成新寶西片線?

  3. 我在小學时期住佐敦,那時是1968- 1970’s 初快樂和豪華百樂联線的時間吧!我印象深刻的片是 人細鬼大(Friends) , 天師捉妖,凶靈 (Carrie) , 一向都是西片戲院中比较條件差的一間

    • 謝謝分享,提到的「天師捉妖」和「凶靈」,我都是在明珠930看的。


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