Wandan is a small town in Pingtung County. Like many small Taiwanese towns during Taiwan’s golden age of cinema, it had theaters. There were two theaters in Wandan, Mianfeng Theater 綿豐戲院 and this one, New Ruifeng Theater 萬丹新瑞峰戲院.
I am not sure if Mianfeng Theater is still around and I can find very little online about this theater. I can take a guess that it opened in the early to mid-70s and closed sometime in the late 80s early 90s. But just guesses.
Anyway, let’s go and take a look.
I have come here three times over the years and have never encountered any people. It does seem that people are kind of using it. Not sure if just for storage, a place to dump old bikes and garbage, or a quick prayer. I am pretty sure some people were living in it before as there are a few beds in the back of the theater. Seems like a multi-use building now.
Let’s take a peek inside.
There’s not much left inside, but a lot of garbage. However, these chairs and the old silver screen are pretty cool.
There are lots of chances for life after people scenes.
There aren’t a lot of reasons to go to Wandan but if you are in the area and want to check it out, go to 萬丹陳媽媽の古早味飯湯(阿慧飯湯) and look across the road. It ain’t hard to miss.
So if you are in or around Wandan stop by the theater and say hi!