The expansion of a record store into the world of publishing, all in the Yau Ma Tei and Kwun Tong neighborhoods in Hong Kong
Kubrick Kubrick Yau Ma Tei is one of the major movie and record stores in Hong Kong. Its story started almost two decades ago, in 2001, when the P.O.V Bookstore closed and Kubrick owners took over. If the previous shop was focused on gender studies and cinematography, it was in particular the latter — as their name suggests — to be expanded throughout the years.
Located next to Broadway Cinematheque, a small four-house cinema that features a wider spectrum of films including independent and unconventional art films, Kubrick also started a publishing activity in 2003, having printed by now over thirty titles ranging from gender studies to sociology.
They have two stores in Hong Kong: the main one in Yau Ma Tei and a tiny one in Kwun Tong (Cityplaza). If the latter is more focused on handmade accessories from local and foreign artists, the store in Yau Ma Tei has a music and cinema memorabilia shop inside the Cinematheque, which includes art film DVDs, soundtrack albums, movie posters and indie music vinyls from all over the world. The main feature of this shop is the hub-effect it creates, having developed throughout the years a sense of community and sharing for all movie lovers.
Yau Ma Tei is a highly urbanized area in the heart of Kowloon, to the south of Dundas Street and to the north of Austin Road, and is located between the bustling districts Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui. This district teems with both energy and character: it’s home to vibrant eateries, historic and modern culture, and eclectic shopping destinations. The area is well known with tourists because of Temple Street, one of the most famous open-air markets in Hong Kong.
Architecture-wise, the neighborhood where Kubrick is located fits the concept of this bookstore. Reaching the area from the bustling streets around, people could feel is like discovering an oasis dedicated to cinema, movies, and books.
The district is indeed an area of mixed residential and retail. Yau Ma Tei has a number of cultural spots, such as Tin Hau Temple, Yau Ma Tei Theatre, and Yau Ma Tei Police Station. Besides Hong Kong, there are Kubrick shops in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen as well.
The community-driven venue in Yau Ma Tei also has a café and hosts regular talks and workshops with local writers and filmmakers. An activity which actually had started in their early years despite the lack of big spaces. In the summer of 2007 they had the first taste of Kubrick friday live, a music program they organize hand in hand with local and foreign musicians inside their bookstore.
It is easy to understand how café Kubrick in such a way an extension of the beloved Broadway Cinematheque. Apart from events, it’s a place where people can relax enjoying an afternoon with a cup of coffee and some little treats, surrounded by a multilingual collection of books on topics ranging from French philosophy to modern Chinese cinema. In such a way, the venues under Kubrick Hong Kong become complementary.
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