Once a structure synonymous with classic entertainment, The Cathay building today is an architecture of vibrant culture, embracing both linear Art-Deco design and modernism with its rich history. The Cathay Building has been a distinct landmark since 1939 when it first opened its doors to avid movie-goers. Now a shopping mall infused with fashion and trends, five storeys house retail and dining indulgences while two floors are dedicated to an eight-hall multiplex cinema, including The Picturehouse – Singapore's first arthouse theatre. The Cathay: A History Did you know that The Cathay have been entertaining generations of Singaporeans for over 70 years? And we have the late Dato Loke Wan Tho to thank for. On 18 July 1935, the Associated Theatres Ltd was established. Dato Loke Wan Tho the visionary propelled the business, which was later renamed Cathay Organisation, into one of the most prominent film enterprises in South East Asia. In 1936, the Dhoby Ghaut site was purchased by Mrs Loke Yew (Dato Loke Wan Tho's mother) and construction of the Cathay Building commenced in 1937. When it reopened in 1939, the Cathay Building held the distinction of being Singapore's first skyscraper. It housed Singapore's first air-conditioned cinema, lavish apartments, a sophisticated restaurant and a hotel. The Cathay Cinema became an icon. In 2000, the Cathay Building closed its doors for re-development. While the historical façade remains intact, The Cathay once again greeted patrons in 2006 with a makeover to its interior – now adorned with first-class retail experience, and top-of-the-line cinematic enjoyment.