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Sunday, 27 September 2015

CINEMAS IN IPOH - NOW AND BEFORE.

Today's addition to the "Now And Before" series is on some of Ipoh's cinemas. Most of the cinema buildings are still standing but no longer used as cinemas. To view other postings of "Now And Before" series, you can click here and here.
The Odean cinema at Jalan Sultan Idris Shah (formerly named Brewster Road).
Currently the old Odean cinema building is used as a multi-purpose centre (food and shopping premise)

This old Capitol cinema building has been demolished to give way for a new building block. This photo was taken in 1937.
This funny looking building was the former Grand cinema.
Location: Where Jalan Yang Kalsom meets Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, Ipoh.
An exhibition organized by Ipoh City Council.
(Some of the photos here were taken from this exhibition)
The "My Ipoh - Heritage Trail" exhibition.
The Ruby cinema has been converted to a Furniture Centre.
The old Lido cinema at Jalan Dato' Onn Jaafar (former Brewster Road).

The old Lido cinema building was later used as a restaurant. Recently a new business has taken over the building.
The old Cathay cinema at Jalan Dato' Onn Jaafar (former Cockman street). At that time the surrounding area was not fully developed yet and the road with hardly any traffic except for the few cyclists.

The current road with heavy traffic and surrounding area fully developed.

It has now been converted to a shopping premise.

These are just a few of the old cinema buildings in Ipoh.

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life,

to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its

deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds;

and to put on the new self, created to be like God

in true righteousness and holiness.

(Ephesians 4:22-24, New International Version-NIV)

32 comments:

  1. Most cinemas here all gone. No more standing.

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    1. At least over here most are still standing but not as cinemas.

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  2. Ordean, Capital, Lido, Cathay cinemas, sounds familiar. Yes, in Kuching too. Ordean & Capital already demolished. Cathay turns into a coffee shop & Lido becomes a pub if I am not wrong. Always nice to flash back memories of now & then.

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    1. Irene, I can still remember going for movies in these cinemas during my school going days.

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  3. Hello Nancy, what a great collection of these old cinemas. I am glad they found a new purpose. We have some similar old cinemas that have been renovated too. Great post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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    1. Thank you, Eileen. We wouldn't know how long they will be around. Hope they won't be demolished.

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    1. The mobile company has brighten up the building with bright colours.

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  5. Wonderful photos! I also enjoy seeing photos from days gone by and I love how you are showing then and now! The Cathay building is amazing, so colourful! Very hard to miss that one! :)

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    1. With the bright colours, one can't help but take a second look at it!

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  6. Thanks Nancy for going around to take the photos of what the old cinemas have turned into. It is like this in KL too, all the all standalone cinemas have been turned into something else and we only get cinemas in malls now.

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    1. Mun, the same has happened here too. Cinemas have gone into the malls!

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  7. Isn't it great to look at the old and new, we don't have a lot of cinemas left these days.

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    1. The only cinemas we have now are those new ones in the malls.

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  8. I love your old and new posts. It's fun to see what once was and what is now.

    Have a great day Nancy. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. I enjoyed documenting these in my post.

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  9. Nancy I definitely prefer modern building they are lovely

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    1. Thank you, Gosia. The modern looks more attractive compared to the old.

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  10. In my city they have most theatres out in the suburban areas. The downtown core doesn't actually have a first run theatre anymore, which I think is going to be a mistake in the long run.

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    1. Over here, the new cinemas in the shopping malls are doing very well.

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  11. Great architecture, some changes are good!

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    1. Thank you, Tom. Have a wonderful week!

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  12. Nancy, that was very nostalgic, I used to enjoy going to the cinema. Now, most if not all old cinemas are already long gone.

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    1. Phong Hong, now if we want to watch any move, we only have the new cinemas in the malls to go to.

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  13. This was my time! Err I think the one I used to go to is now the funny looking building. The one near Super Kinta. Can't remember my street names now.

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    1. Hi Stacy, actually there are a few cinemas near to Super Kinta. Capitol, Lido, Cathay and Grand.

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  14. Hi Nancy,
    Most of the old cinemas here were demolished. A few retained the names but were given face-lift and turned into cineplex, mostly inside shopping malls.

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    1. Hi Karen, times have changed and the old has to make way for the new.

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  15. Things just always seem to change...sometimes for the better and sometimes not. It is just life, I guess.

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    1. Yes, Rose, and we have to move with the times and not cling on to the old.

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  16. Dear Nancy, thank you for putting up the pictures of the old cinemas. Alas the theatres are gone but the buildings remain. I remember watching Haathi Mere Sathi as a child at grand cinema and was enthralled by Ramu the elephant.

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    1. Thank you, Jeyakumar. I also remember watching the show Haathi Mere Sathi. It was a great show!

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