Under the trend of 3-D technology in the movie industry, Chuan Mei Theatre located inTainan City still maintains its old theatrical style. Instead of computer-generated ticketsand high-end plush sofas, moviegoers are handed out hand-stamped paper tickets andseated on traditional mental chairs, but the most eye-catching piece of nostalgic in thistheatre is the hand-painted movie poster, 3 square meters, hanging above the entrance.Nowadays, the 61-year-old Yan Jhen-fa is the last practitioner who devoted himself tothe hand-painted poster which was once a popular artistic form in Taiwan.Mr. Yan was sitting in his makeshift studio on the sidewalk in front of the theatre, workingon an action-
packed posters advertising “World War Z”, on a weekday morning. “We
have to enlarge the painting from a smaller original, so you have to know how to scalethe picture and recognize the
special features of the characters”, he explained.
Theatre owner Wu Jun-cheng saidthat Mr. Yan making those posters asadvertisement is not really the trendin movie industry, but it is prettyworth paying Yan 20,000-30,000 NTDollars a month for hand-paintingtwo or three movie posters per week.
He said:”we think the oil paintings
bring a certain atmosphere to our theatre, and Yan paints it so well thatwe do not want to give up this
The posters and the theatre’s overall simplicity achieved g
“I took my children here to experience the atmosphere of old movie theatre,” said anaudience, Miss Chen. “For sure, there are many movie theatres that have better interior
designs, but the tickets are relatively expensive that it makes no sentimental value. Chuan
Mei Theatre, on the contrast, has quality but no luxury.”
In recent months, Mr. Yan’s artistic form has become dramatically popular throughoutTainan, Taiwan’s oldest city. He now holds painting classes on weekend and attracts
more than 40 students. Even though he doubts that any of them will be able to follow hissteps and later become a full time painters specializing in making movie posters. Whilehe reflects on his 40-years-
carrer: “It is a tough work and needs a lot of patienc
e, but still,
I’m just glad to spread my love of painting to more and more people.”