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Film: Shanghai Deco

  • Palace of Fine Arts Theater 3301 Lyon Street San Francisco, CA, 94123 United States (map)

Shanghai Deco is a one-hour documentary on the Art Deco design style popular in 1930s Shanghai. During the 1920s and 30s, Shanghai was the most glamorous, cosmopolitan city in Asia. Dubbed “The Paris of the East,” it had both an expatriate community and a middle-class Chinese population that adopted many of the trappings of Western lifestyle: jazz, dancing, and nightclubs, as well as Art Deco design.

The film focuses on the contributions of the Chinese architects and designers and the problems of artistic repression in times of war and political upheaval, and the factors that led to the adoption and eventual demise of Shanghai’s Art Deco lifestyle.

This world premiere screening will be followed by a panel discussion, with filmmaker and ADSC member Denise Richards, ADSC Preservation Director and journalist Therese Poletti, journalist Maureen Fan, whose grandfather is a featured architect in the film, and Shan Shan Sheng,
an artist and sculptor who grew up in Shanghai and also appears in the movie.

Street parking only. Discounted tickets for ADSC members can be purchased ahead of time, please enter the code ADSC. A limited number of tickets can be purchased at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, please click on Showtimes at

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