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Coliseum Theater

96 Jalan Tuanku
Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia

Original Debut: Built in 1921 by Chua Cheng Bok, a Chinese immigrant who’d worked himself to riches in the Malaysian tin mines, the Art Deco–style theater had an interior meant to mimic the design of a Roman coliseum, with 828 seats and an overhanging balcony known as the “first class” section.

Now Showing: Bollywood films are rife here and so well attended that in 2006, when the Malaysian government announced plans to turn the Coliseum Theater into a cultural center, outcry from the public nipped the idea solidly in the bud. According to Sofie Abu, manager of the theater, despite the proliferation of nearby Cineplexes playing Western movies, the Coliseum (which has a lemon-candy stall and a florist shop in its lobby) is still the number one theater in Malaysia.

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