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Compass Magazine, May2001

8 1/2 Classic Theater
by Rachel Chiou




I
nterested in movies? Which type do you prefer? Do you long for the chance to know more about legends like Krzysz tof Kiesloeski, Akira Kurozawa, Alfred Hitchcock? If you are a fan of art movies, or you are now looking for resources about art movies, you can't miss out on 8 1/2 Classic Theater!
The proprietor Mr. Wang has loved movies since he was in university. He opened 8 1/2 Classic Theater 10 years ago and now heads an association composed of 1400 members, ranging in age from 18 to 60.

8 1/2 Classic Theater is much more than a normal theater. The facade of the first floor looks like a coffee house; the indoor atmosphere is warm and cozy. One the walls are a wide array of movie posters that recall the past.
The screening room features a huge screen and a comfortable setting enhanced by their high quality projector and equipment. The archive room is on the second floor and features plenty of books and periodicals about movies, art, philosophy, music, and psychology. Mr. Wang likes to point out that the age and social class of the members varies widely, with even some professors and teachers amongst them.

 

During the interview I asked Mr. Wang why he named his theater 8 1/2 Classic Theater. He told me that the attraction of a movie doesn't only lie in the union of image and sound. The content of a good movie combines art, music, history, text, architecture and so forth. Many people researching topics such as art and history can find inspiration in movies. In other words, we can watch and admire artistic movies for many different aspects. Movies without good box office sales are not always bad movies.

There are study groups and symposiums held here frequently. In May and June, a series of symposiums will take place from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM every Thursday night.

Details:
8 1/2 Classic Theater
No. 592 Huei Wen Rd. Taichung City
Tel: 0938-624690

 

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