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Spot-Taipei Film House

Spot-Taipei Film HouseSpot-Taipei Film House

Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday.
Telephone: (8862) 2511-7786 Fax: (8862) 2560-5222
Address: No.18, Zhongshan North Road, sec. 2, Taipei City

By MRT: Disembark at Zhongshan Station on the Tamsui line; walk approximately one minute from exit 4.

Spot-Taipei was originally the U.S. consulate in Taiwan. Foreign consulates first began to appear in Taiwan at the end of the Qing Dynasty. German and British consulates were established in Taipei, Tamsui, Tainan (then known as Anping) and Kaohsiung (then known as Dagou). The United States, however, established its first consulate on the island on Oct. 8, 1926 (the first year of the Showa era). Its original address was #9, subdistrict 4 of Onari district, in what was then known as the city of “Taihoku." This address served as the American Embassy through the end of World War II. In 1950, Karl L. Rankin was appointed temporary charge d'affairs and envoy to the Republic of China, and in 1953, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower promoted him to Ambassador to China. Rankin, who remained in the post until 1957, chose this building, with its classically elegant exterior and green surroundings, as the ambassador's residence. In turn, many other U.S. ambassadors to China -- Everett F. Drumright (1958-1962), Ian G. Kirk (1962-1963), Jerauld Wright (1963-1965), Walter P. McConaughy (1966-1974) and Leonard Unger (1974-1978) -- would make their home here.

This two-story Western-style building with white exterior is stylistically similar to the colonial architecture of the southern United States. Its layout is roughly square. The main entrance faces north, while a veranda is attached to the eastern side of the building, providing shade. The interior of the building is designed with a central corridor and staircase, and features columns in a simple Grecian design. On February 20, 1997, the building was designated a Class 3 historical site of Taipei City. Afterward, with the assistance of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government, and the donation of NT$60 million by TSMC Education and Culture Foundation, the building was renovated and renamed Spot-Taipei. The Taiwan Film & Culture Association has received the commission to manage its operation. What was originally the garage portion of the structure was rebuilt as Spot-Taipei Film House, and Spot-Taipei officially opened to the public on Nov. 10, 2002.

The Taiwan Film & Culture Association envisions Spot-Taipei as “a venue of creative exchange, integrating the charm of an historical site with the art of film." It is hoped to serve as a meeting point for Taiwan's artists and creative industry workers -- a place where creativity happens. Through film festivals, symposiums, workshops and other events, Spot-Taipei hopes to facilitate the exchange of ideas across a spectrum of disciplines, and stimulate creativity. We anticipate that the integration of this historical space with motion pictures will create an altogether new milieu, blending the historical significance of the grounds with the enthralling art of film, expanding the city's cultural vision, and increasing its cultural depth.