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Taipei City is in love with movies

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Post date:2014-10-24

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Introduction

Taipei City has many faces… 
It is a capital of cutting-edge fashion,   
an artsy town that resonates with the creative,  
a natural classroom set against the backdrop of verdant rice fields and azure sky,
and the world's leading culinary capital. ,
In the following passages that reveal all things Taipei,
you will read about the many tourism-worthy tidbits… 
this is a community for storytellers, a community where you can create your own memories.
Movie Theaters 
Vie Show Cinemas - Taipei Xinyi
The state-of-the-art Vie Show Cinemas raised the bar for multiplex engineering worldwide; it has also set the standards for Taiwanese movie theaters. Each of the multiplex's 17 auditoriums is a masterpiece by prestigious interior designers, featuring an ultra-wide, curved screen, comfortably spacious and highly accessible auditorium seating, and the country's only THX-certified surround sound system to ensure a riveting cinematic experience for moviegoers in northern Taiwan.

Miramar Cinemas (Dazhi)
Miramar Cinemas is an approximately NT$270 million IMAX project containing 22-meter-high, magnificent cinematic chambers; streamlined, amber rays emanate from LED lights against a Bordeaux color scheme. Each of the 21.16-meter-high, 28.8-meter-wide rectangular screens is ingeniously curved to eliminate blind spots, with silver coating reflecting all the on-screen images onto the audience for realistic, mind-boggling visual effects.

Ambassador Theatres
Accommodating up to 1,514 people in a total of 6 theaters, the Ambassador Theatres in Breeze Center boast luxury, ergonomic and spacious seating complete with cup holders for popcorn containers or beverages. Equipment-wise, the theater's combination of professional-class Strong and DPI (1.2k) projection technologies, Dolby SRD-EX and DTS-ES sound systems, and a super-wide, curved Harkness Hall sound screen delivers a cinematic experience so realistic that your jaw will drop in amazement.
Cinemark
Through a partnership with Core Pacific Group, Cinemark International L.L.C. opened its first Taiwanese multiplex in Living Mall; it boasts appropriately sized screens, the Dolby Digital Surround EX 6.1 Sound System (for ultra-realistic effects), a UVC air sterilizer-embedded air-conditioning solution, and an independent nano-photocatalytic disease-control solution in an effort to improve sanitation.
SPOT-Taipei Film House
Having served as the residence during the terms of Karl Rankin, Everett Drumright and Alan Kirk as U.S. ambassadors to Taiwan, this 2-story, European-style white house was closed in 1979 following the severance of U.S.-Taiwan diplomatic ties and the subsequent ambassador withdrawal. On February 20, 1997, it was declared as a Class 3 historic site by the Ministry of the Interior and then converted by Taipei City's Department of Cultural Affairs into the cinema-themed SPOT-Taipei Film House, currently operated by Taiwan Film & Culture Association, with a seating capacity of 88.
 
The Cinema Street 
Wuchang Street
Ximending's Cinema Street dates back to the Taiwan Expo in 1935, when a whopping eight movie theaters, including the newly established, sleek Taiwan Cinema (present-day "China Theater"), International Cinema (present-day "Wannian Building"), Big World Cinema and Taipei City Hall (present-day "Zhongshan Hall"), clustered in this particular neighborhood at the height of pre-war economic heyday, that led to a fledging entertainment industry. By 1961, Ximending had established itself as an entertainment mecca, thanks mostly to the booming economy on Wuchang Street, which featured 6 or 7 theaters to justify its nickname: the Cinema Street.
A Movie-themed Mini Excursion
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (Appr. 1.5 hours): a Rising Star in Taiwan's Cultural and Creative Scene
The 7,200-ping (23,800-m2) Eslite Spectrum Songyan Store is an emerging cultural landmark of Taipei City, designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito. Jam-packing the store's three aboveground and two underground floors currently open to the public are concessions of well-established or new Taiwanese brand names that sell an overwhelming range of products, from exquisite silver accessories, chinaware, handmade guitars to prestigious teas, alongside local fashion designers' boutiques, themed restaurants, Eslite Art House, performance venues, a bookstore and a vintage vinyl record vendor. This commercial complex is sure to satisfy those who love cultural and creative collectibles, gourmet foods, art exhibits, performances or alternative films.
National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (Appr. 1 hour): Locale for the Climactic Banquet Competition Scene from Movie "Zone Pro Site"
National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is a city landmark, a popular morning workout place, and also the locale for "Zone Pro Site", a romantic comedy honoring Taiwan's street banquet heritage. The movie's climactic scene, the cook-off finals, was filmed in the memorial hall's expansive square where 300 to 400 extras, along with a makeshift stage and firework display, conveyed the much-expected excitement in a faithful reproduction of the screenwriter's vision. Now you can relive that exciting banquet moment while relishing the memorial hall's casual, relaxed atmosphere!
Fujin Street (Appr. 1.5 hours): where Romance TV Series were Filmed
Packed with parks, vegetation plots and themed stores, Fujin Street is one of the most beautiful parkways in Taipei and has gained attention as a tourist draw and a premium filming location. Besides the Xinzhong Park and Drama Café (near Fujin and Xinzhong Streets), where romantic or family scenes from trendy TV series "Just You" were filmed, the Daughter's Café and Lunar Bistro (featured in movie "Taipei Exchanges" and micro-movies, respectively) are great for celebrity-spotting, a fun shopping spree or a coffee break.
Raohe Street's "Benedictory Mechanical Clock from Matsuyama-Dogo Onsen" (Appr. 1.5 hours)
The "Benedictory Mechanical Clock from Matsuyama-Dogo Onsen" has recently added to the tourist highlights around Raohe Street Night Market, a culinary Mecca. Occupying an empty plot in front of the Ciyou Temple next to Songshan Elementary School, the mechanical clock was jointly crafted by Ciyou Temple and the Matsuyama City in Japan's Ehime Prefecture as a gift to Taipei City. Every hour on the hour, this 665-centimeter-tall mechanical clock gives a 165-second, traffic-stopping "musical performance" by a miniature bath-taker, a treasure ship and figurines of a woman taking a rickshaw ride, a hawker, Madonna playing the violin, a studying "botchan" (young master in Japanese), Matsu, Clairaudient and Clairvoyant.
 

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