The Cathay Gallery

The Cathay Gallery, Singapore: Address, Phone Number, The Cathay Gallery Reviews: 4/5

The Cathay Gallery
4
About
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

Top ways to experience nearby attractions

Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

4.0
10 reviews
Excellent
3
Very good
2
Average
5
Poor
0
Terrible
0

Dloo
124 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
A SG50 serendipity 🇸🇬 ~ discovered a gem in The Cathay today! 🎥

Been here for so many times yet only accidentally discovered today a small gallery about the history of The Cathay; and its founding family of the Loke. Compared to the colorful Shaw family (which we saw in the Run Run Shaw's Factory of Dreams exhibit in the National Museum), the Loke family was seemingly unsung heroes of the local entertainment giant of more than 80 years. Cathay Organisation was established on 18 July 1935 by Dato Loke Wan Tho and his mother. There was an elaborated display of the Loke family tree in the gallery too.

Strictly no photos allowed here.🚫
Could only take this antique film projector at the entrance. Once stepped in, one will be awed by the super retro memorabilia like vintage cameras and nostalgic black-and-white movie trailers. Unbelievable!

The best things in life are indeed free! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
Written June 13, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lester C
Singapore, Singapore197 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
This is an absolutely fabolous museum chock full of movie paraphinelia from of old.

A walkndown memory lane.

Super fun especially for those who grew up in the 1970s amd 1980s.

Expect to spend 45 mins there. Most importantly.. it is free.

2 thumbs up.
Written June 27, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

KICon
Melbourne, Australia381 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
Happening by chance upon this small museum covering Singapore's film and cinema history, The Cathay Gallery is located on the upper levels of The Cathay cinema and mall on Handy Rd, at the southern tip of Orchard Rd. While the attending staffmember was hardly a conversationalist (grumpy comes to mind), the museum houses awards won by filmmakers, a gallery of movie press books and poster memorabilia for local, regional and Hollywood titles, old cinema fixtures (seating, projectors etc) and - when we attended - screened locally made short films contending for a prize.
A no-photo rule is disappointing given the fascinating pieces on display (also encompassing relics from the larger Cathay organisation which included hotels and more) and the apparent pride put into creating the space by whomever. It appears the gallery has been open for at least seven years (per a Time Out review from 2007) but it's absence from Tripadvisor up until this review indicates a complete lack of promotion. Given the impressive preservation of the old cinema's facade at the front of the complex, The Cathay clearly has a long and valued history in Singapore. Thusly, it is worth a visit when travelling through the popular museum and shopping district.
Written April 25, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

moniker11
Kowloon428 contributions
Jun 2016
The shops blend into one another and the layout is not linear so you'll have to go looking both high and low and back and forth. Love the Thai-flavored, handmade soaps. The overall name seems to be Naiise. Nice!
Written June 28, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

aloha4418
Singapore, Singapore71 contributions
Jun 2019
Main attraction is the cinema. The cinema is huge and screening room are spacious. You no need to have to sit in very cramp space to enjoy the full surrounded sound and movie
Written May 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
Aug 2016 • Solo
Popped in here for a quick visit at lunchtime today. The place was completely deserted and I was able to look around without any issues. Took a few photos but was then growled at on the way out: apparently photography isn't allowed. Interesting history of the Loke family and Cathay cinemas. Worth a quick look if you're in the vicinity.
Written August 16, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Combit
New Delhi, India450 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
We specifically visited the restaurant called Design your sushi and salad in the basement of this mall. Here you get to make your own sushi using the various combinations of type of rice, internal contents ie veg or non veg with various options, add on options etc. Called the little san , it costs SGD 8 per head. A nice option for a change alongwith promo drinks at SGD 1. Website is rollwithmakisan.com.
Written July 7, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Leonard S
2,506 contributions
Oct 2015
This place got a cinema, restaurants, and some shops. Shops there start to open at 10. When I came there at 11, they're still lots of shops closed. Not too crowded which is nice.
Written October 27, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about The Cathay Gallery



Attractions near The Cathay Gallery: View all attractions near The Cathay Gallery on Tripadvisor