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The Odeon Theatre in Ipoh seated 850 on its main floor and in the balcony.
Built in the 1930’s, the triangular building is adjacent to a Christian graveyard and like the Rex Ipoh, rumors that it is haunted abound. One popular rumor is that if you ever take off your shoes inside, you will never find them when the light comes on – even if nobody has sat in front, behind or next to you. Although the theater was air conditioned, management would ocassionally conserve energy by openning the doors on the side facing the graveyard creating a rather spooky feeling.
In 1971, the theater was renovated and the practice of opening the doors was eliminated and the theater was brightened. Primarily focusing on Tamil, Hindi and Malay, the Odeon also diversified into English and Chinese films. The theater was never popular and most moviegoers preferred to see the same movies at the Cathay Ipoh during the first run.
Finally, the theater Closed in 1986 and has been a nightclub on and off since then. Because of bad ‘feng shui’, businesses in the building have never lasted except for the theater which had only marginal success.
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