First cinema opens on disputed South China Sea island

Everyone needs a bit of entertainment – even if you are on a disputed island in the South China Sea.

China this weekend opened what it called a state-of-the-art cinema hall in Sansha, a city it formed on Woody Island, the largest of the disputed Paracel Islands, from where it administers the area and has a military garrison.

The Sansha Yinlong Cinema screened the movie The Eternity of Jiao Yulu to more than 200 residents and soldiers on its first day, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Xinhua said the new theater would screen at least one film every day so the island’s residents, estimated at about 2,000, “can enjoy films simultaneously with moviegoers across the country”.

The South China Morning Post added there were also plans to screen films for free on more islands within the municipality with portable digital projectors.

The opening of the cinema is part of a plan by local authorities to establish community services on the disputed islands, the China Global TV Network said.

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