Cathay Theatre Ipoh
60 Jalan Dato Onn Jaffar
, Ipoh, Malaysia
Screens: Single Screen
Function: Movies, Stage Shows
Chain: Cathay Organisation
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.