July 4th, 2019


Pantheon Theatre then and now (80 years apart)

The North-China Daily News, Oct 7, 1937: "Over the barbed wire, the Pantheon Theatre (in the background of the picture below), still presented a menace yesterday to Japanese positions nearby. On the second floor, immediately above the burned-out two-storey building, may be seen windows with blankets hung by the Chinese troops to conceal their activities."

The Chinese troops defended the theatre, located just beyond the boundary of the International Settlement, for three months.

The streetview of the building in 2017 shows it bricked up for demolition. It is a shame that such a proud moment of Chinese history is being erased.