Timothy Tye
Coliseum Theatre


The Coliseum, Kuala LumpurThe Coliseum, Kuala Lumpur (15 June, 2017)



Coliseum Theatre (GPS: 3.15343, 101.69635), or Pawagam Coliseum, is a cinema along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur. It was constructed in the Art Deco style in 1920 by the family of Chua Cheng Bok. The cinema, with a seating capacity of 900 people, was one of the biggest cinemas in Kuala Lumpur at the time of its completion.

After the passing away of Chua Cheng Bok, the Coliseum Theatre passed into the hands of his descendents. In 2006, the Malaysian government attempted to take over it and turn it into a cultural heritage centre. The idea was met with public opposition which forced the government to relent.

Today the Coliseum Theatre is still in operation, screening mostly Tamil movies. It is one of the longest continuously running cinemas in Malaysia, in operation since its opening in 1921, save for a brief interruption during the Japanese occupation.

How to reach the Coliseum Theatre

By Train
Take the RapidKL light rail transit to the Bandaraya LRT Station. Walk east along Jalan Esfahan until you reach Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. Turn right, walk south along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman until you arrive at the Coliseum Theatre on your right.

By Bus
The free GoKL City Bus has a stop near the Coliseum. You can take this free bus service that goes along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman to visit other places along the way.

The Coliseum, Kuala LumpurThe Coliseum, Kuala Lumpur (15 June, 2017)

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