English-language Cinema in Hong Kong
Information on how to find full listings of what's showing at the movies today in Hong Kong, and where to find your nearest cinema...
Many films are shown in English (or with English subtitles) in Hong Kong and most cinemas are modern and comfortable. International films are shown in the original language with Chinese subtitles or may be dubbed into Cantonese. Sometimes, the same movie may be available in both the original version and a dubbed version playing in the same cinema at the same time. Locally-made films will often be shown with English subtitles. Cinema listings usually state the language the film will be shown in and which subtitles are available.
Cinemas in the city districts often screen more English-language movies. The film schedule generally changes weekly on Thursdays but there are exceptions and box office hits usually have a longer run in the theatres. To find out about a film and its language, use the title search option of the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), a complete film resource with information on directors, actors, reviews and awards.
Hong Kong is one of the world's major film production centres, mainly for action, romance or comedies. The government offers foreign film makers incentives to come to Hong Kong to make movies.
Cinema Listings and BookingsTickets can be bought online or by telephone with a major credit card. Cityline provides a ticketing service for United Artists theatres, Sunbeam Theatre, Yuen Long Cinema, and Cine-Art House for an additional service charge.
- Cityline Tel: 2314 4228
Ticket prices vary depending on the show time with reduced rates for off-peak time screenings in mornings and afternoons. Special prices are common on Tuesdays. Some cinema chains sell "cards" which allow customers to pay once and see an unlimited number of films in a given period.
See our weekly film blog for the latest trailers and listing info:
Hong Kong CinemasMany of the cinemas are run by familiar international names. The big box office hits are usually shown at all the main venues (and in the original language, for example English). The main cinema chains in Hong Kong are:
United Artists (UA)UA is one of the largest cinema chains in Hong Kong with over a dozen cinemas. The website details the programmes showing at each of their cinema complexes with details on the language a film is being shown in. Likely to be of particular interest is the UA Citygate and City Plaza both of which show many English-language movies and also English-language cartoons for kids. UA operates four IMAX cinemas, including one at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
- Find programme information for UA cinemas (select a cinema from the left side menu)
- Find full list of movies being screened
Broadway CircuitSince its initial opening in the 1950s, Broadway Circuit has gradually developed into one of the largest cinema chains in Hong Kong. Operated by Edko Films Ltd with venues across the territory, it covers all the major locations in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories.
Broadway Cinematheque, which, as well as showing a diverse selection of internationally acclaimed films, also has a café, bookshop and CD/DVD store next door.
Golden HarvestGolden Harvest is a film production, distribution, and exhibition company based in Hong Kong. The making of the company was its 1971 deal with soon-to-be martial arts superstar Bruce Lee. In later years it went on to produce almost all the Jackie Chan films. It now produces fewer films and concentrates on cinema management in Hong Kong (5 cinemas) and mainland China.
MCLMCL (Multiplex Cinema Limited) has seven cinemas in Hong Kong – MCL Kornhill, Grand Windosr, South Horizons, Telford, Metro, JP and the Star Cinema. In addition, MCL partnered with the Shaw Group, also operates the Grand Cinema, one of the biggest and most modern cinema complexes in Hong Kong.
- Tel: 21 968 170 Find information about MCL cinemas and book a ticket online