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The Ruby Theatre (Lau Ek Ching Building), Ipoh, Showing: Rosalie, The Opening Film
The Ruby Theatre was designed by Danish architect Berthel Michael Iversen and custom-built by the mining entrepreneur Lau Ek Ching to be leased to the very experienced Ong Ee Lim who had already had 13 years working in motion pictures having started with silent films.
The formal opening of the cinema, by The Honourable Sir G E Cator, CMG, British Resident Perak, took place on Tuesday 4 October 1938. The opening film for the occasion was Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s musical extravaganza Rosalie, a love story of Princess Rosalie of Romanza and a West Point Cadet and Football Captain which leads to the abdication of a King and a triple wedding.
To read more about Lau Ek Ching, click here.
To read more about Sir G E Cator, CMG, click here.
To read more about Berthel Michael Iversen, click here