60 Jalan Dato Onn Jaffar,
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This beautiful single-screen theater was built in late-1956 and opened on August 31, 1957, with the movie “King and I”, an Asian-themed film.
In addition to the theater’s front lobby, the Cathay has a nice side lobby. Seating capacity in the downstairs portion of theater is 798 seats, while above, the balcony seats 376 patrons. The theater also has a DTS sound system. The theater still uses two 35mm projectors for changeover of reels and has refrained from using platters for film projection, despite the fact that platter equipment is installed. Another unique aspect of this theater is its marquee, which is very different from that of most American-style theaters.
Today, the theater plays first run movies. While it formerly played only English language films until the 1990s, it currently shows films in Malay, Hindi, Tamil, and Chinese; representing the most commonly used languages in Malaysia.
Currently, a group is trying to find a sponsor to help buy the theater to prevent it from being potentially demolished. If anyone is interested in helping to preserve the Cathay, please email
For more information, visit the theater’s website.
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