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  1. Ngai C O says:

    Hi,

    Is this another Iverson from its art deco rounded and sharp lines?

    It also appears many cinemas in the UK in the era bore similar features if not the same.

    Is it still there?

  2. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear Ngai C O

    Is this another Iverson from its art deco rounded and sharp lines?

    No. As I recall, the architect was a Mr. Sung and the general contractor was a Mr. Chow.

    The theatre was built in the mid-’50s. At the same time, another Princess Theatre, this one in Sungei Siput, was built for the same owners. Iversen did, in fact, design this theatre, but not the one in Kampar.

    As for the owners: Neither the Shaws nor the Lokes, the owners were the Lim family of Singapore. They had ambitions to build and operate numerous cinema halls in Malaya but I think the competition limited them to only three (the third one was opened subsequently in Singapore, and no, it was not also called “Princess”).

    ——

    NOTE: Recently I mentioned Reid Tweedie’s habit of taking a blanket to the cinema in order to ward off the cold. The cinema in question was the aforementioned Iversen-designed Princess Theatre in Sungei Siput.

  3. Ipoh Remembered says:

    I just checked to see if the Princess Theatre in Sungei Siput is mentioned in Ruth Iversen Rollitt‘s book about her father’s work. It is not.

    The theatre was opened in late ’54. As it was the first theatre established by the owners, there was a big celebration.

  4. Ruth Iversen Rollitt says:

    I do nor know if this was designed by my father. If not – it is a pretty good copy!
    And I do remember our old friend Dr Reid Tweedie well. He hated the cold and wrapped up in his blanket when he went to the cinema!

  5. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear IKA

    I looked at the database entry that you mentioned.

    the Princess Theatre in Jalan Idris, Kampar, built in 1954

    Built in 1954 and opened for business in early 1955.

    A feature article from the New Straits Times published on 18 April 2018 [:] “See this adjacent building. It may look run down but it was once a popular cinema operated by Eng Wah Entertainment company”

    Yes, Eng Wah was a subsidiary set up by the owners.

    The building was still standing in 2018 although it had been turned into a funiture shop.

    Well, I’m glad to hear it’s still there.

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