平安大樓招牌 signage at alhambra building

2015.11.6 | 彌敦道 383-389c nathan road

ping on building nov15

平安大樓就是油麻地彌敦道與廟街口間那幢橙澄澄佔地很廣的大樓。

這棟五十多年歷史的商住大廈,模式可說是油麻地的重慶或香檳大廈。這裡前身是平安戲院,大廈則是1958年建成。

對這種「品流」複雜的大型建築有種莫名的牽思,一面覺得他髒但更大的印象是如萬花筒的繁華粹亂,這架疊的招牌正說明這點;不同大小、字體、閱讀順序,宣告建築內不同的行業的商舖。

還有一個過了期三字頭電話號碼。

alhambra building is the big commercial-residential block on nathan road where temple street is at its back, definitely a landmark around that area.

before alhambra building there was alhambra theatre. according to a cinema website,  it was the first luxurious theatre being built on the kowloon peninsula. it could compare to the queen’s theatre on the hong kong side. the opening date was 1st February, 1934. the cinema was later renamed to ping on theatre, thus the chinese name of this building in also following. it was built in 1958.

if you are familiar with this blog, you know that i love signages, characters and fonts. so instead of showing you the building, here is the collection of signage of businesses operate inside the building. it is on top of the entrance facing kansu street. from top to bottom there are stamps collection, fruit & wine, cha chaan tien (local style-cafe), alhambra building, bone-settling doctor, then the cha chaan tien again.

note a sign carries a number starts with 3-, that is an outdated telephone number. a seven digit number starts with 3 means phone on kowloon side.

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