Last traditional movie theater in Taitung partially demolished

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/12/2020
By: Tyson Lu and Chung Yu-chen

An entrance view of Datong Theater. CNA photo Dec. 12, 2020

Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) Taitung's last traditional cinema Datong Theater, which was closed in 2009, was partially demolished Saturday, after the building was listed as a dangerous structure.

The demolition work began on Dec. 2, roughly 18 months after the building was marked in 2018 for demolition.

According to the county government, it was only recently that all the parties involved were able to reach an agreement on how the building should be taken down.

Established in Taitung City in 1958, the cinema was in its prime in the 1960s and 1970s, but by the 1980s it was the last one in operation in Taitung, as television and videos became more popular.    [FULL  STORY]

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