Closing The Season

Closing The Season
Closing The Season

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The Guanghe Theater is located south of Tiananmen Square, in the blocks of historic Hutong lanes, built up with buildings from the imperial times. There are fewer and fewer such districts in Beijing, but not every building there is comparable in importance to the theater on Qinmen Street.

The original building, which still houses the Guanghe Theater, was built as a city manor for the wealthy Zha salt merchant in the mid-17th century. Since the end of the 18th century, it gained fame under its modern name, and public opera performances began to be given there. It was in this theater that the famous artist of the Beijing Opera of the 20th century, Mei Langfan, began his stage career.

In 1955, the building was renovated, and in the 1960s and 1970s, it hosted the best performances in the capital in the genre of this traditional Chinese art form.

In the 1980s, public interest in the Peking Opera declined, and by the end of the decade, the Guanghe Theater began to hold film shows and discos in order to make at least some profit.

The percentage of income from such secondary types of income in the theater rose from 80% in the early 1990s to almost 100% in 2000, when the building was deemed dilapidated and dangerous to operate.

Nonetheless, Guanghe Theater is considered the most important monument of Chinese culture, and regrets of its loss are expressed even in the state news agency Xinhua.

Instead of the historic building, the Beijing authorities are planning to erect a new "Guanghe Theater" nearby, a large-scale modern building of "Broadway level".


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