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Floral Fest 2008
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[ Annual Floral Fest ]
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Macalister Road
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Penang Road

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Registered: July 2008
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Ken Chan

Registered: August 2008
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Posts: 21
August 3, 2008 12:28am

Is the former Cathay Cinema with a new facade? This is one of the most interesting part of Penang Road and standing in front of the cinema to watch the world go by was my favorite pastime. An elderly Indian man operated a gandum and popiah stall in the lorong beside the cinema. I use to hang out there for my tiffin break. The food was good and comparatively inexpensive.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,548
August 3, 2008 10:25am

Yes, this was the former Cathay Cinema with a completely new look. I can remember the many shows I saw here. The tiny lane on the right of cinema was interesting with the hawkers there. On the left was an old building that housed a most unusual coffee shop. You could sit alfresco in front or sit in that old heritage building in the various nooks and corners. I just can't remember the name of that coffee shop. It was there until the late 70s. Then the old heritage building was torn down and some modern office block built.
Ken Chan

Registered: August 2008
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Posts: 21
August 3, 2008 2:40pm

That coffee shop has been around for a very long time and its Hokkien Mee and Lobak was very good. Whenever I visited Penang during the school holidays, I always look forward to makan there. In the later years, when I worked in Penang, I use to lunch there quite frequently. Penang is special because many of the popular hawkers have stayed put in the same location for years, whereas in Ipoh, the relocation of hawkers to the food courts have made it difficult or impossible to track down the old-time favorites.
Ann

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 36
November 15, 2008 12:27pm

The last time I went into the Cathay cinema was to watch Some Like It Hot when Marilyn Monroe was popular in those days although I probably didn't understand the comedy. If my memory is correct I remember an Indian man selling kachang puteh outside the building and as you enter the building there was a staircase on the right. I think the seats at the back were cushioned and those in the middle and front weren't.
Each time I pass this Emporium I don't see many shoppers inside.
yeap

Registered: August 2009
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 3
August 31, 2009 1:11am

Yes i remember this Cinema very well.Remember the Star Wars was shown there.Opposite the cinema is a coffee shop where all our friends use to sit there. Beautiful coffee ice and listen to the street music.That was really good old carefree days.
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
September 1, 2009 4:30am

And,best of all,the Cathay Used to Have a good Bar.I remember well the last movie I saw there it was"Brass Target" so many Cinema's have closed in Pinang.It is indeed a shame,but the price we must pay for progress.I well remember outside the 'Odeon'in Penang Road,a hawker used to sell wafer thin sweet pork slices on buns.Ah to have those days again



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