Cinemas of Old Had Their Own Identity and Architectural Design

By Wong Chun Wai

December 2021 FEATURE
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The Cathay Cinema along Penang Road operated for 35 years until its closure. In its place today is a Mydin supermarket. Photo by: Gwynn Jenkins / Penang House of Music
FOR JUST 40 sen, many of us got to buy a third-class ticket to watch a movie. A third-class ticket meant sitting on the first three rows of a cinema with our necks craned to focus on the giant screen in front.And you can imagine the discomfort if you were seated on the extreme left or right of the first row.In some cinemas, the class distinction was further aggravated by the wooden third-class seats as cushioned seats were only for...

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