Majestic Cinema Jalan Pudu - circa 1940s/1950s
1960s Ampang Park
Status of some of the old, stand-alone cinemas in Kuala Lumpur:
1) Cathay Cinema (Bukit Bintang) - opened in 1958 & closed in December 1997 - demolished in 2002 - now an open-air car park.
2) Pavilion Cinema (Bukit Bintang) - opened in 1935; located next to Cathay cinema - originally shows mainly English movies until Cathay opened - closed in 1996 & demolished in 2000. Now an open-air car park.
3) Rex Cinema (Jalan Sultan, near Chinatown) - closed - original burnt down in early 70's - new one erected in 1976 - Shows mainly English movies.
4) Madras Cinema (Petaling Street in Madras Lane) - said to be haunted & was burnt down in 1978 - Shaw Brothers never rebuilt it & now is an open-air carpark
5) Lido Cinema (Brickfields) - closed & demolished - generally Indian movies
6) Federal Cinema (Jalan Raja Laut/Chow Kit) - closed on 31 August 2001 - originally single-screen but was later converted into a twin-screen in early 90's - English movies
7) Capitol Cinema - (Jalan Raja Laut/Chow Kit) - closed in 2000 - opened in 1947; located next to Federal - shows Chinese movies until 1996 when it switches to showing Indian movies
8) Odeon Cinema (Jalan Dang Wangi) - still opened - Built by Cathay Organisation in 1936 - shows movies until November 1997 - now an arcade selling clothes, magazines, electronic goods and snacks.
9) Majestic Cinema (Jalan Pudu) - was opened in the 1930's. It was demolished in 2006 and the site remains an empty lot in 2009.
10) Sentul Cinema (Sentul) - opened early 70's by Shaw - shows a mixture of Chinese, English, Malay, Indonesian & Indian movies - closed in 1984 and it became a furniture retail and a restaurant.
11) Coliseum Cinema (Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman) - built in the late 1930s and still open till now - seats 900 patrons & shows mainly Tamil & Hindi movies - has been gazetted by Government for preservation.
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