Red House Theater

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Red House Theater
紅樓劇場
RedTheaterTaipei.jpg
Location Wanhua, Taipei, Taiwan
Public transit Ximen Station
Type Theatre
Construction
Built 1908
Architect Kondo Juro

The Red House Theater (Chinese: 紅樓劇場; pinyin: Hónglóu Jùchǎng), often called Hong Lo[1] Red Play House, Red Theater, Ximen Honglou[2] or Ximen Red House in English, is a historic theater in Ximending, Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan. The theater is located at 10 Chengdu Road.

History[edit]

Built in 1908 during Japanese rule and designed by Japanese architect Kondo Juro, it was originally a market building but was used as a theater from 1945 onward.[citation needed] It was renovated due to a fire in the 2000s.[3]

The Red House was listed as a Class III Historical Site in 1997. In 2016 the area was subject to an arson attack.[4][5]

Today[edit]

The Riverside Live House Corporation Ltd. took control of the horizontal section of the main Cruciform Building in September 2008. It hosts concerts by students and musicians from Thursday throughout the weekend.[citation needed]

The building was converted into a theatre in 2007, and has since become a popular part of the gay scene in the neighborhood. It is the site of the annual gay New Year’s Eve countdown[6] and the Taipei Pride and the Mr. Gay World Taiwan pageant.[7]

It was the venue of the Wikimania 2007 Party, which included a short film festival.

Amenities[edit]

The ground floor houses a small cafe and a display on the history of the building, as well as several independent shops. The second-floor theatre hosts regular live performances. The theater is within walking distance west from Ximen Station on the Taipei Metro.[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 25°02′31″N 121°30′24″E / 25.041987°N 121.506739°E / 25.041987; 121.506739