Yau Ma Tei Theatre, Kowloon

“Revitalising the only surviving pre-war cinema”

Built in 1930, the Yau Ma Tei Theatre is the only pre-World War II cinema that remains in the urban area of Hong Kong. It closed down and was listed as a historic building in 1998.

In 2012, the theatre reprised its role as a place of entertainment when it reopened as a venue dedicated to Cantonese opera. The building’s restoration was faithful to the original, making it an ideal venue to enjoy the richness and colour of traditional Chinese theatre. Inside, the audience sits under the original roof beams. The internal gable arch over the stage is also authentic.

Equipped with modern performing and rehearsal facilities such as the computerised lighting system, audio system, motorised machinery and hoisting system, the intimate 300-seat theatre is now a popular training and performing venue as well as a cradle for nurturing Cantonese opera talents.

Scope of work:

Macostar is responsible for the design, supply and installation of stage lighting, stage facilities and carpet storage lift systems in Yau Ma Tei Theatre.

Equipment List:

Lift and Lifting Machines

  • Carpet Storage Lift Machine
  • House Curtain Lifting Machine
  • Lighting Bars Lifting Machine
  • Scenery Bars Lifting Machine
  • Sound Reducing Drape Lifting Machine

Lighting Fixtures

  • Selecon Rama 150 1000W Fresnel Spotlight
  • ETC Source Four 750W 36° fixed angle Profile Spotlight
  • ETC Source Four 750W 15°-30° zoom Profile Spotlight
  • ETC Source Four 750W 25°-50° zoom Profile Spotlight
  • Selecon 1000W Linear 4 way Cyclorama Spotlight
  • Martin Atomic 3000 Strobe Light
  • Robert Juliat Manon 1419CS 1200W Followspot
  • Chroma-Q 60W LED Asymmetric Wash Light
  • ETC Source Four PARnel 750W variable focus Par Light
  • Rainbow 8” Pro Colour Changer
  • Martin Jem ZR44 Hi-Mass Smoke Machine
  • Lee Filters Colour Filters
  • White Light VSFX3 Effect Projector
  • Sanyo PLC-XF47 Video Projector
  • ETC Ion Lighting Console
  • ETC Sensor+ 61 2500W and Sensor+ 8 5000W Dimmer Modules with Rack

Mounting Equipment

  • Teaser Mounting Brace
  • Border Mounting Brace
  • Tracks for Mounting Leg
  • Tracks for Tormentor

Other Equipment

  • Driving Machine and Tracks for Mid-curtain
  • Roller Cyclorama and Rolling Machine
  • Control Systems with Pendants, e-stops and Associate Wiring for the Stage Facilities


Leisure and Cultural Services Department


Yau Ma Tei Theatre, 6 Waterloo Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong


October 2011


Showcase - Yau Ma Tei Theatre, Kowloon (349 KB)