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Gonda captures a sense of time and spaceUptown Theatre

According to the “Gonda” book, the Ping’an Building, constructed in 1925, was the home of the Spanish consulate from 1935. In 1939, the American Merchant Lightning Film Company commissioned a remodeling, and the building became the Uptown Theatre, known by the Chinese as the Ping’an Theater. The monumental impression and curved shape of the main red brick-clad facade recalls the Capitol Building on the Bund.

“The base of the facade is made from stone reminiscent of classical forms — a characteristic of Karoly Gonda’s other works — and finely crafted Art Deco sun motifs appear above the windows,” as is written in the book by Eszter Baldavari.

In 1953, the name of the building was changed to the Ping’an Cinema. The movie house closed in 2005 and is now a residential building with several shops on the ground floor.


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