Top Hong Kong nightclub Dragon-i has long been referred to as D.I. for short. A new disco opening in Tsim Sha Tsui East is going by the abbreviation Club PP. Saying you’re going to “D.I.” is one thing, but saying you’re going to “P.P.” is quite another! The curiously named Disco de Patek Philip Karaoke Nightclub is having their invitation-only soft launch this weekend.
From the photos I’ve seen of the interior, it looks like they have the Hong Kong disco formula down perfectly. The space is cavernous and contains high ceilings, a major lighting system, karaoke rooms, a VIP area, tables, a large dance floor and a long bar. All together the club occupies a massive 20,000 square feet!
When I looked at the address I recognized the place, it’s the home of the Chinachem cinema! The movie theater has been a run-down cinema of last resort for many years, though something of a favorite to film junkies due to its late-night screenings of local films. It seems as if it’s been down-sized to make room for Club PP.[photopress:Club_PP_Patek_Philip_Disco_.jpg,full,pp_image]
This isn’t the first time a cinema has been partially converted into a disco. Queens Theatre in Central, which just closed its doors for good a few months ago, had downsized its space several years ago and a disco named Queens was built inside the back of the building. In land-scarce Hong Kong, old movie theaters are not turning over dollars as quickly as other tenants can for the same amount of space.
What’s with the name? In watch crazy Hong Kong, a luxury brand such as Patek Philippe not only tells time, it also carries a lot of weight. It makes sense to abbreviate the place Club PP though, since Disco de Patek Philip Karaoke Nightclub is quite a mouthful, even when you’re sober.
Patek Philippe & Co, founded in 1851, makes intricate, finely crafted watches, and counts royalty, tycoons, and movie stars as their clients. PP disco is named slightly different, with one letter ‘p’ instead of two in Philippe.
Club PP address (Disco de Patek Philip Karaoke Nightclub)
Unit 3-5, UG2 Floor, Chinachem Golden Plaza
77 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East