Pingtung had 35 theaters back in the heyday of Taiwan’s theater boom. Zilai Grand Theater 自來大戲院 was one of them. It is located in Longquan, Neipu Township 內埔鄉龍泉村.
As you probably know, many small towns all around Taiwan had theaters. Longquan is definitely a small town, but there is also a large ROC marine base 屏東龍泉海軍陸戰隊新訓中心 just outside the town. So, with the soldiers and the townfolks, there were enough people to make the theater work.
It had the classic shops downstairs and a theater upstairs design.
I can’t really find much information about the theater, but it probably started in the early 70s and closed down in the late 80s or early 90s.
I have been here three times over the years, and the last two times there have been a large tribe of territorial dogs hanging out around it. So if you do go, be careful or bring doggie treats.
There’s not much more to write, so just enjoy some pictures.
The theater is pretty cool looking. And if you look closely, you can see a puppy. He came up with me to join in my exploration.
With all my exploration over the years, I’ve developed a love-hate relationship with dogs, but definitely not puppies.
To find the theater just Google 自來大戲院 or go to No. 100, Bisheng Rd, Neipu Township, Pingtung County, 912.
Go and say hi to the dogs and the theater!