Cathay looked sparkly as it celebrates it’s 75th anniversary. I knew this theatre was old but I didn’t know it was this old! I have had many great memories of watching movies here as a teen. It was a sweet carefree time and I could buy a ticket for just S$2.50. Watching a movie with my friends from school, University and my first job, was so much fun. It was one of the best bonding experiences. Once I did a movie marathon with my good friend E and we watched 2 movies back to back. It was probably a day we decided to cut classes at Uni. One of the movies was Born on the Fourth of July and I can’t remember what the other one was. We didn’t have popcorn then but instead bought the much healthier nuts which are filled into a paper cone (rolled up paper from an old magazine to form a cone) by an old indian man with a movable cart. I especially loved the sugared peanuts which are probably only a fraction of the calories of the sweet popcorn sold today.
The building retained it’s old facade but there’s a brand new modern glass building behind it that now houses loads of shops as well. It’s more a mall than just a cinema. I do miss the old charm of the cinema, but this is one of my favourite theatres, and it has the most comfortable seats after the renovation.
Today I even spotted something new. A vending machine that sells sandwiches that actually look yummy. If I was on a diet it would have to consist of sandwiches. I could have sandwiches for all meals and never get sick of them.