That year, the beginning of a love relationship often began with watching a movie. Therefore, a popular movie theater can arouse the nostalgia of several generations of Zhangzhou people.
At that time, there was a small square in front of the public theater. A large line of oil paintings with various movie advertisements was erected on the west side. It was mostly from Hou Shuisheng, who was famous in Zhangzhou art circles at that time. There is a small bungalow against the wall in the middle of the east side, which is the ticket office of the popular theater. Every time Chinese and foreign classic films are shown, the small square is crowded, and the ticket office window is always full of people, forming a long queue. Whenever the movie tickets are exhausted or one ticket is hard to find, I always get a movie ticket through a classmate who lives near the Taiyifang pharmacy in Nanshi Street. His sister works in a public theater. I remember in the 1950s, a student ticket was only cents, and a ticket in the 1960s was a dime. There is an alley in the northwest corner of the square leading to Maping Street (now Yan’an Road North), this area is commonly known as: Houhezi. The shop on the left side of Xiangzaikou is a musical instrument shop. After the public-private partnership in 1956, Cai Fumei drum shop operated here. Next door is Zhang Dezhou’s famous doctor Han Decheng’s clinic. After the public-private partnership, he served as the vice president of the municipal hospital. Opposite the lane is the “Wang Yushu Dental Clinic”. A few blocks to the north is the “Zhangzhou Pharmacy” of Zhou Zongyao, which is synonymous with the “Jining Pharmacy” of Chen Tianchou in West China.
At the east end of Taikoo Bridge, the “Shizitou” turns left: My photo gallery, Qijiang bathhouse, barber shop, Liyuan theater, bookstore … scattered all over. In the article “Zhangzhou Lantern Riddles …”, which was launched in the previous issue of the public account “Yuesei Shusheng”, the two sisters Huang Shaojuan and Huang Shaona of Zhangzhou Dance were mentioned. Their father was the owner of “My Photo Gallery”.
In the past, when I went to the public theater to watch a movie, the eye-catching four large characters “Popular Theater” above the main entrance came into view. On the right wall of the small hall, there were black and white images of the ten movie stars. On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the founding of the People ’s Republic of China in 1959, ten outstanding movie actors were selected nationwide: Zhao Dan, Tian Hua, Qin Yi, Zhang Ruifang, Wang Xiaotang, and Wang Xingang … Among them, Wang Xiaotang and Wang Xingang are particularly noticeable. This was the rising star of the Chinese film industry at that time. Lang Cai was a girl with bright eyes and youthful charm. A sliding iron door at the back of the hall is blocking it, leaving only a small gap for people to enter the venue by ticket. The wide corridor lies horizontally across the corridor and enters the theater projection hall. The lobby is large and tall, running from east to west and rectangular. The east end is the stage screen, and the audience seats below are rows of wooden ventilated backrest chairs. A small iron plate is nailed directly above the back of the chair to indicate the seat number so that the viewers can check in. The ground is slightly inclined from east to west, from low to high, so that the viewer is not blocked by the front audience. The loft on the west end is the projector room. There are still several rows of auditoriums in the front of the loft, extending to the south and north walls of the hall, forming a “u” -shaped one-to-one person: upstairs. When the film was shown, the sound effect was quite good. It seems that the hall walls of that year were also covered with sound insulation materials. It can be seen that the popular cinema is a standard building specially designed as a film screening.
In the mid and late 1950s, when I was a kid, the most impressive films were: “Singing in the Middle of the Night”. The story took place in Shanghai in the early 1930s. The protagonist Song Danping is in love and is being used by his rivals. “Angelian water” (sulfuric acid) is disfiguring, beyond recognition, terrible. He entrusted a false report to be dead, and his girlfriend became mentally ill after he learned of it. Since then, he has been hiding on the top floor of the theater for a long time, and uploading his sorrowful and sorrowful songs from the top floor every night … I return home after watching it, and the horrible picture on the screen always appears in front of me, making it difficult to sleep for several days. Soon, the film “Singing in the Middle of the Night” was banned. I heard that a child was scared to death because the film was released somewhere. I remember that after the film “The Nurse’s Diary” (starring Wang Danfeng) was released, the theme song spread all over the streets, “Little swallow, wear flower clothes, come here every spring, I asked the swallow why did you come? Swallow said, spring here “It’s so beautiful”, the songs are pleasant, humane and intoxicating! Later, I heard that the theme song’s melody was soft, and it was banned with a hint of petty bourgeoisie. The theme song of “The Story of Liubao” was “… 18-year-old brother! Sitting by the river …”, but was also banned from screening because of the ambiguous lyrics, which was suspected of promoting low-level fun.
In the “Hero Tiger”, Miss Alan (played by Wang Xiaotang) performed a variety of rumba performances that are memorable. The heroic image of “Children of Heroes”, Wang Chengding, stands out from the crowd and shocks the “fire on me”, I don’t know how many people have been touched. “Ultimate Visitors on the Iceberg”, full of Xinjiang Uygur sentiment, when Gulandam’s song “Why is the flower so red?” Came, Yang platooned: “Amier, rush!” Memories. In addition, the Indian film “Wanderer” is even more sensational. “The Song of Raz” has been enduring and sung to this day. I don’t know how many classic films in different historical periods have been shown in Zhangzhou Public Theater, leaving me too many memories. It is destined to be hard to forget in my memory of life!
Today, at the northern end of Shuang Men Ding (Hong Kong Road), at the junction of Fukou Street and Weikou Street, the Cai family ’s “Gold Feasible Footwear” sign is clearly visible; the Chen family “Tian Yishou” (hundred years) The old shop) is right here. The daughter of the Chen family, Chen Huanyue (my elementary school teacher), married the Cai family as a daughter-in-law, and the two were married. The predecessor of Zhangzhou Popular Cinema: Bright Theatre, was co-funded by Cai Chen and founded in Taikoo Bridge in 1929. At that time, Cai Guoxian, the eldest son of the Cai family, had just returned from studying in the United States and was fluent in English. Entrusted by two, he acted as the legal representative of Guangming Theatre, operated Bright Theatre, and hired managers and other staff to introduce the advanced management system of Grand Shanghai Theatre at the time. During the screening of silent, voiced and foreign films, Cai Guoxian came to the site to explain and translate. In the 1930s, probably only large and medium-sized cities had movie theaters, but Zhangzhou, a small city in the southeast of China, already had such a fashionable and modern industry, allowing people to watch the new stuff at that time. In the spring of 1932, in order to comfort the Red Army generals during the Central Red Army’s entry into Zhangzhou, the Bright Theater specially screened the Red Army Generals and other films for the Red Army generals.
A Zhangzhou literature and history expert Lin Nanzhong’s collection of a movie leaflet is divided into four editions, with a length of 28 cm and a width of 19.7 cm. Through it, you can understand some fragments of Zhangzhou film projection industry during the Republic of China. The first version of this leaflet is printed with the words “Zhangzhou Taigu Bridge, Bright Theater” and decorated with European-style lace. Below are advertisements and illustrations for the film “Sooky”. The slogan is “Released today, Yishi Children’s Education, Great Sound Film”, “Attention: It is an excellent children’s education textbook, do n’t forget to bring you Come and watch with my little brother and sister! Paramount’s 1932 blockbuster. ” The second edition is an introduction to the film “Su Qi”. The “skill” is what is now called the “introduction to the story” (the third and fourth editions are omitted). In the middle of the page are the titles of the forthcoming films “The First Car” and “Ultra Chivalry”, and the words “printed by Zhangzhou Wireless Printing Co., Ltd. by Hyundai Printing Agency” in the printing house.
Another precious piece of information is a booklet entitled “Movie Introduction” edited and printed by the writer Cai Ganghua in November of 1965.
According to the “Introduction to Film” published by Zhangzhou Popular Cinema in 1965, the movie companies at that time made careful arrangements and advance notice of the movie’s release every month. A few days before its release, “Zhangzhou Daily” will publish the exact release date. In the monthly “Introduction to Film” booklet, Dazhong Cinema not only detailed the release schedule of each film in the following month, but also provided a brief summary of the content of the key films with classic movie screens.
After the public-private partnership in 1952, “Bright Theater” was renamed “Popular Theater” to this day. As the years go by, the “Bright Theater” has gone through nearly a century. It has gone from showing black and white films to color films, from silent films to sound films to three-dimensional films, and has witnessed the development of Chinese films, which is difficult for old Zhangzhou people. An erased spiritual home.