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M+ is opening its new cinema destination on 8 June!

By Alisa Chau 7 June 2022

Header images courtesy of M+

M+, Hong Kong’s leading museum of Asian contemporary visual culture, is finally opening the doors to M+ Cinema this Wednesday! Across three distinct cinema houses, the new destination is dedicated to promoting the art of moving images.

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Combining feature films, documentaries, experimental cinema, video art, restored classics, obscure gems, and indie discoveries, the M+ Cinema weaves a rich tapestry of visual culture to be appreciated onscreen. Programmes are curated to connect with key exhibitions and offerings of the museum, carving out a dialogue between the disciplines of visual art, design, and architecture. Also supporting the space are the M+ Façade, which can be viewed from across the harbour, and the Mediatheque, which will host smaller-scale shows.

Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the venue features local Hong Kong elements incorporated into fixtures by Italian furniture maker Poltrona Frau with bespoke fabric backing from Danish label Kvadrat. Aiming to keep screenings as faithful to their original formats as possible, the cinema boasts both digital and analogue facilities for 16-millimetre and 35-millimetre projections, accompanied by a comprehensive Dolby 7.1 sound system.

Each cinema house is themed according to a different colour, with the 180-seater House 1 in purple, the 60-seater House 2 in green, and the smaller House 3 with 40 seats in blue. House 3 is due to open later in 2022, so keep an eye out for updates!

M+ Cinema’s debut catalogue will highlight local auteurs, tributes to international works, restored classics, as well as exclusive content from the M+ collection. Included in the June launch are Hong Kong: The Establishing Shot, which “celebrates the city’s illustrious cinematic heritage as well as its iconic urban landscape through the lens of its filmmakers;” the 4K restored version of Days of Being Wild by Wong Kar-wai; and Xiao Wu by Jia Zhangke.

Screening tickets are already available for purchase, with discounts as well as special perks on offer for M+ patrons, affiliates, and members. Check out the full schedule here.

M+ Cinema, West Kowloon Cultural District, 38 Museum Drive, Tsim Sha Tsui

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Alisa Chau

Editor

Always down for an adventure, Alisa’s general approach to life (and anything, really) is to “just go with the flow.” She believes that the most unforgettable moments are the most spontaneous ones. One thing she will always be certain of, however, is her love for the band My Chemical Romance and potato-based food.

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