Cathay Cineplex Cinemas

2 Handy Road,
Singapore 229233

Unfavorite 1 person favorited this theater

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Cathay Organisation

Architects: Frank Brewer

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Cathay Cinema

Nearby Theaters

Cathay Cineplex Cinemas

Cathay Cinema opened in 1939 and remained a single screen until 1990, when it was refurbished and converted into 2 screens. A third screen was added in 1996.

In addition to these 3 screens, Cathay Organisation built the Picturehouse next to the Cathay Building in 1990. Cathay Cinema remained Cathay Organisation’s flagship cinema since it opened until 2000 when it was closed.

It re-opened in 2006, having been transformed into a multiplex cinema and shopping arcade. The original facade of the Cathay Cinema is designated a Listed building. It had closed by April 2024.

Contributed by Daniel Choo and Augustine Heng

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 14, 2005 at 7:19 am

A vintage exterior photograph taken just after the end of the war in 1945 of the Cathay Cinema. The photograph is courtesy of Fred Plant taken from the Cinema Theatre Association website:
View link

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 14, 2006 at 12:15 pm

A late 1940’s view of the Cathay Cinema:
View link

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 28, 2006 at 10:04 am

The Cathay Cinema opened in October 1939 with Ralph Richardson in “The Four Feathers”. It had a seating capacity of 1,300 and was the first public building in Singapore to have air conditioning. It was closed in 1998. The 220 seat Picturehouse screen closed in 2000. In 2001 work began on building a new skyscraper at the rear of the building (replacing one built in 1939).

Within the new skyscraper are now eight newly built screens located on the fifth and sixth floors. Seating capacities are;290(THX certified), 206, 132, 132, 162 and 248. These and the refurbished original screen now known as the Grand Cathay (seating 600) plus the luxurious Picturehouse screen (which now seats 82) re-opened on 26th March 2006 and the complex is known as the Cathay Cineplex Cinemas. The complex is open daily from 10am and runs 24hours non-stop at weekends and public holisdays.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 28, 2006 at 10:11 am

More history and photographs here:
View link

irishcine on September 27, 2006 at 8:32 am

A recent exterior photo of the Cathay is at

View link

Gaumont on November 11, 2008 at 1:06 am

Amazing architecture and lighting of the Cathay Cinemas at:

SethLewis on April 9, 2009 at 9:57 am

We saw the last Christopher Guest picture (definitely the worst) in the Picturehouse…definitely a quality viewing experience but restricted in the food and beverages they allow in…a great looking place to see movies overall with showtimes from early morning until very late – the great thing about Singapore is that it practically never sleeps…another treat is in this complex there’s a small exhibition dedicated to Cathay with some cool artifacts on cinemagoing in Singapore

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 20, 2010 at 10:36 am

A vintage photograph of the Cathay Cinema in 1954:
View link
Same view at night:
View link

irishcine on November 29, 2011 at 1:04 am

Visitors to Singapore may enjoy a visit to the Cathay Organisations Gallery, located on the first floor of the shopping mall just behind the Cathay facade. A very extensive company collection is displayed, including records of former cinemas operated by Cathay in the region – they once had 45, photos, film memorabilia, cinema and home projectors and still cameras. Strictly no photography here however.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater.