This is probably one of the few olden days cinemas that survived in this age. The Odeon cinema located along Penang Road. It shows mostly Bollywood movies.
Back in those days before we have Tanjung, GSC and etc, each cinema had a character of its own. We had Gala, Capitol, Cathay, Odeon, Rex, (Penangites, help me to recall please!) and many other smaller cinemas. There were cinemas showing only Chinese movies, Tamil and Hindustani movies and local Malay movies.
For e.g. at Rex, there was a nice laksa stall there and usually, people will have a bowl of laksa before going into the threatre. Ice cold drinks were sold in packets. There were pickled lime juice, sugar cane, lychee syrup etc. Certainly no coke then.
Snacks were kacang putih, pickled fruits and even rojaks (horrors, the smell!). Odeon had one of the nicest roti bakwa where they sell buns with barbequed meat.
Nowadays, all the cinemas have the same standard fare of popcorn, coke and hotdogs. So little varieties, right?
Another thing I remembered about old cinemas is the ticketing queue. There is a line for males and another line for females. Usually, the line for males will be very long. I remembered my ‘then’ boyfriend (now husband) would walked alone to some female and charmed her into getting tickets for him. It saved the time of queueing.
On the other hand, if I was in the queue and someone wanted me to help them to buy tickets, I would bluffed that I had too many tickets to buy already and rejected them. How bad of me!
Oh yes, there were also black-market tickets for good movies. Some touts would buy tickets in advance and sell them at a higher price.
Ahhh…those were the days.