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1.0 History and Background

Photo: City Theater Hall in 2010
Picture taken by Zamri Salleh (USM)

Situated across the Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the junction of Jalan Tun Perak and Jalan Raja located right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur, City Theater Hall (Panggung Bandaraya) is a historical theatre hall that was built in 1902 and was completely finished in 1904. Designed by a colonial-government architect, Arthur Benison Hubback, who was also responsible for designing the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, the Jamek Mosque and other colonial structures throughout the Klang Valley,this theatre formerly occupies the historical building of the Old City Hall of Kuala Lumpur. It was built for production stages such as plays and musicals. This city theater hall is gazetted as a heritage building under the Antiquities Act and its Moorish façade has been preserved.

Photo:The City Theater Hall in Moorish style
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A major fire in 1992 destroyed the entire interior of the theatre but City Hall's designers and builders restored it soon after. The refurbishment that was undertaken has incorporated significant modifications to the furnishing and the sound system, imbuing the interior with a sense of timeless elegance. Architectural work on the exterior carefully preserved the theatre’s heritage.

With a 104-year old history, Panggung Bandaraya is a gem of a theatre that is ideal for staging of productions from plays to musicals. The scene of the various successful productions through the years, the old theatre holds many fond memories for theatre lovers in the city.

Photo: The City Theater Hall at night
Source: Picture taken by Zamri Salleh (USM)

Picture constructed by Lim Boon Fee (USM)

2.0 References


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1. Document compiled by National Heritage Department. Daftar Warisan Kebangsaan.