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Yiwu designates six 'red cinemas'

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: April 21, 2021 L M S

Yiwu authorities in East China's Zhejiang province designated across the city six "red cinemas" that will regularly exhibit classic films related to China's revolutionary history on April 17.

This is part of the county-level city's efforts to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) this year.

"We selected the six cinemas from those making voluntary applications on the basis of a comprehensive evaluation of their infrastructure, box office revenue, organizational abilities, and other factors," said a local government official. "We have also issued a tentative guideline to regulate the city's 'red cinemas'."

These "red cinemas" are set to assign a specific hall and fixed dates for the showing of CPC-themed films. Every Tuesday, a CPC-themed film will be projected in these halls for free.

The relevant films that will be shown in the coming weeks include The Hundred Regiments Offensive, Railway Guerrilla, and Shangganling.

Yiwu is home to the world's largest wholesale market for small commodities, spearheading the country's practice in reform and opening up over the past few decades.

In addition, Yiwu-born scholar Chen Wangdao (1891-1977) completed China's first translation of The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels at his residence in the city's Fenshuitang village in 1920.

Many of the early readers of Chen's Chinese edition of The Communist Manifesto later pioneered the country's Communist revolution.

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Yiwu residents watch The Sacrifice, a 2020 blockbuster themed on the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-53), in a "red cinema" on April 17. [Photo/ zgyww.cn]