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Guling St. Avant-Garde Theatre (Old Guting Police Station)

Guling St. Avant-Garde TheatreGuling St. Avant-Garde Theatre (Old Guting Police Station)

Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays and national holidays.
Telephone: (8862) 2391-9393 Fax: (8862) 2391-5757
Address: No. 2, Lane 5, Guling Street, Taipei City

By MRT: Disembark at the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station, and take the Nanmen Market exit. Follow Nanhai Road in the direction of Chongqing Road, and walk for approximately five minutes.
By bus: Take bus No. 1, get off at the Guling St. Avant-Garde Theatre bus stop.

Guling St. Avant-Garde Theatre was built in 1916. Originally, it was a military police station during the Japanese colonial era. In 1945, after Taiwan returned to Chinese control, it was renamed the Taipei City Police Department's Station No. 7. Then, due to district restructuring, it was renamed the Guting Police Station, and later the Zhongzheng District Station No. 2. In 1997, the building was placed under the control of the Taipei City Government Department of Information, and slated to become a venue for little theater performance. In 2001, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government renamed the building the “Guling St. Avant-Garde Theatre." Because the building's original Baroque-style design features especially thick walls and a central area without pillars, it is extremely suitable for small-scale theatrical performances.
The Guling St. Avant-Garde Theatre features:
(1) The avant-garde theater, with the capacity for an audience of between 50 and 70 persons.
(2) The detention room: This area preserves the original appearance of the detention room from the theatre's previous incarnation as a police station.
(3) Rehearsal room: A perfect rehearsal space, with an area of over 1,000 square feet, and no obstructions from pillars.