You may overlook Yau Ma Tei Theatre, especially when it’s surrounded by iconic landmarks like Temple Street and the Fruit Market. But this local cinema, built in 1930, is actually the only remaining example of pre-war architecture of its kind in urban Hong Kong. And is classified as a Grade II historic building, naturally. The government refurbished the cinema in 2009, more than a decade after its closure in 1998. It is now a modern venue for Chinese opera performances, as well as a training ground for newcomers to the industry.
The adjacent Red Brick Building, built in 1985, is the oldest water pumping station structure in the territory, and has also been classified as a Grade I historic building. Though it stopped functioning as an office in 1911, the structure still has its original façade, verandah, and existing tiles for visitors to admire.