The lights are finally going out for Odeon Cinema in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, as it makes way to the development of service apartment and retail units.

The historic cinema was permanently closed from Feb 28, 2015 onwards, and its fate had been in limbo since.

According to a posting on developer Titijaya Land Berhad's website, registration is now open for two towers housing service apartments and retails units at the site.

The freehold units are expected to have a built up space of between 450 square feet and 850 square feet, and sell for RM450,000 onwards, each.

Titijaya is promoting the development as an ideal layout for city living with the opportunity of earning income, and easily accessible by public transport.

The cinema may evoke nostalgia in those who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1981, it saw the premier screening of the then most expensive Malay movie, Bukit Kepong, directed by and starring the late Jins Shamsudin.

Erected in 1936 by the Cathay Organization, the cinema had a single hall upstairs with a seating capacity of 250. In 2006, the ground floor of the building was converted into a second screen, but 4 years later, it closed down.

In May 2011, it reopened with a single 250-seater hall under a new management, but in 2015, it was announced that the cinema will be permanently closed.

With the closure, Odeon joined the likes of other cinemas of yesteryears which have since seen demise, such as the Rex cinema in Petaling Street, the cinema at Central Market, the Wilayah Complex cinema and the TGV in CapSquare which closed down as recent as two years ago.

Folks residing in the heart of KL have several alternatives to get their Tamil and Bollywood movies fix now, including at the neighbouring Coliseum cinema, and the Federal Cinema at Jalan Raja Laut.

What is your sweetest memory in the Odeon cinema?

Source: Utusan Malaysia,
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