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China Art Museum theater to open on June 1

THE 250-seat theater inside the China Art Museum, formerly China Pavilion of Expo 2010, will officially open to the public on June 1, the Children's Day.

The theatre with state-of-the-art video and acoustic systems will screen artistic films and present small-scale performances.

"We try to become a top-class art museum in the world with considerable influence," said Xu Liya, a senior official with the museum.

The theater will hold its first concert on Saturday, starring Huang Ying, Chinese-American soprano, and the Shanghai Children's Palace Chorus. Tickets cost 200-280 yuan.

Xu said other activities on June 1 include the gathering of 400 children drawing pictures in the museum and playing interactive games. The museum is distributing 5,000 free tickets through children's activity centers in each district.

"We are exploring ways to turn the museum into an education institution," Xu said. Methods include giving monthly lectures on the history of Shanghai, the evolution of the Bund and the life of Chinese author Lu Xun.

"To attract more visitors to the museum, we are also considering offering a membership service to let membership holders enjoy quick access to the museum, free admission for special exhibitions, and free parking," said Wu Wenwen, the spokesperson of the museum. "The membership fee will cost about 500 yuan to 1,000 yuan."

Since its opening in October 2012, the China Art Museum has received nearly 1.5 million visitors.


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