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Cathay Theatre Ipoh

Cathay Theatre Ipoh

Cathay Theatre

60 Jalan Dato Onn Jaffar
, Ipoh, Malaysia

Screens: Single Screen

Function: Movies, Stage Shows

Seats: 1174

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. Currently,