New cinema to be built in Tung Chung

Goodbye doesn't mean forever. But we'll just have to wait.

Since last week, residents of Tung Chung and all across Lantau Island, as well as airport staff have been signing a petition asking Swire Properties to keep UA Cinemas at Citygate Outlets open. Word of its closure in connection with the development of a new retail complex has caused great concern within the community.

Bay Media Ltd. (Around DB / Life On Lantau) got in touch with Swire properties regarding the matter. A representative had this to say:

We will be developing the site adjacent to Citygate Outlets into a commercial building for retail and hotel use. The development is expected to be completed in late 2017/early 2018.

For the mall’s renovation and upgrading works to coincide with the construction effort and overall development of the adjacent new complex, we have to close down the food court – Food Republic – and UA cinema, together with a small number of shops in Citygate Outlets, in April.

However, it is our plan to add a new and state-of-the-art cinema in the adjacent complex, as well as a good number of new F&B offerings.

In the long run, together with the development of the new retail complex at the adjacent site, we will introduce exciting F&B and entertainment concepts to serve the community and to enhance our consumers’ overall experience.

While the news of having new movie theatres is exciting, it is disheartening that the island will lose its premier cinema destination for about two years. In the meantime, Tung Chung, Discovery Bay and South Lantau residents will have to enjoy motion pictures elsewhere.

Nearby cinemas include UA IMAX Theatre at Hong Kong International Airport by bus, Golden Harvest Cinema in Maritime Square Tsing-Yi along the Tung Chung Line, and Broadway Circuit PALACE ifc across the Central Ferry Pier.

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