The two-screen cinema, locatedat the Sun Hung Kai Centre in Wan Chai on
It has recently given long andsuccessful runs to films such as Italian epic The Best Of Youth, Michael Haneke's Hiddenand Chinese director Ning Hao's CrazyStone.
However, Sun Hung KaiProperties has informed Sil-Metropole that the cinema's lease will expire inNovember. It's understood the property giant has been charging the cinemafavourable rent for the past decade but wants to increase it in line with theterritory's soaring property prices.
"If this cinema goes, it's goingto make it even harder to distribute arthouse movies in
Also, Broadway's main venuefor niche and specialist films - the Broadway Cinematheque in
"We've found that the keydemographic for many of our films is on
Sil-Metropole said it wasunable to comment on the rental negotiations. Sun Hung Kai Properties alsodeclined comment.
Historically, many filmshave become surprise hits at Cine-Art House such as Japanese director ShunjiIwai's Love Letter, Mexican film Like Water For Chocolate and
The cinema's current plight reflectswider problems in