I’m talking about the old Roxy and Palace Theatre…funny right…they used to call it theatre instead of cinema. These 2 theatres are located along the same East Coast Road on the same side but opposite to the Odeon Katong Theatre. Both theatres are demolished.
If we walked along East Coast Road from Katong Shopping Centre to Still Road, this stretch was known as ‘The Roxy Area’. It was also the traditional ‘Heart of Katong’. From this, what can see how popular is the Roxy Theatre back in the 50s and 60s.
Take a good look at how the ‘landmarks’ changed its look over time… sad to say I’ve not been to any of these 2 theatres for a show but only passed by.
This old theatre was there before World War 2 and much much older than me. Let’s check out some old photos;
Credit : Fairypoint
When I see the above photo, I doubt it’s Roxy Cinema in Singapore as it looked totally different. If it was then it must be very very long ago. Sad to say there isn’t much photos of the old Roxy in Katong. Luckily after searching for sometime, I managed to find another old photo which resembles the above;
Credit : Donor N Lloyd, Australian Was Memorial
The above shows the Roxy Theatre circa 1945. Read more about Roxy Theatre here.
When the Roxy Theatre was demolished, I’m not sure. The land now is occupied by Katong Plaza / Roxy Square and the back portion of the land is Grand Mercure Roxy hotel. Take a look now and you cannot never visualise how the old Roxy Theatre sits in there.
This is another old theatre along the East Coast Road which is demolished now. Take a look below see how it looks like in 1960;
Credit : National Archives of Singapore , PICAS
You are still able to see the theatre in 1990 as shown in the photo taken from Ceylon Road ;
Credit : National Archives of Singapore, PICAS
Understand that this theatre in her later years was used more for live performances. Probably in the 90s, the name of the theatre was also changed to Paradise Theatre. Below shows the Paradise Theatre in 1994;
Creadit : National Archives of Singapore, PICAS
The theatre was demolished and now a Eastgate building in its place;
These 2 theatres Roxy and Palace were separated by a road called Brooke Road.