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Penang Furnishing City, Kinta Lane, George Town, Penang

Lorong Kinta, George Town

Lorong Kinta is a narrow one-way lane within the George Town city centre. It zig-zags from northeast to southwest, between Burmah Road to the north and Macalister Road to the south.

A cinema was built in the 1930s at the northern junction between Lorong Kinta and Burmah Road. Today, it has been converted into Mekio Home Furnishing, a furniture outlet.

Kinta Lane sign, George Town, Penang

Lorong Kinta sign

In addition, a row of shophouses nearby has been converted into the Penang Furnishing City.

Etymology

Lorong Kinta was named after the Kinta Valley, a former tin-producing valley within the neighbouring Sultanate of Perak. Within the valley, the Kinta River flows through Ipoh, the capital city of Perak.

Rex theatre, Burmah Road, George Town, Penang

The abandoned Rex Theatre at the junction between Lorong Kinta and Burmah Road in the 1990s.

History

Lorong Kinta has been in existence since at least the early 20th. century.

Mekio Home Furnishing (former Rex Theatre), Burmah Road, George Town, Penang

The Rex Theatre has been converted into Mekio Home Furnishing.

The Art-Deco styled Rex theatre was constructed at the junction between Lorong Kinta and Burmah Road in the 1930s. Opened in 1939, the Rex was the first fully air-conditioned cinema on Penang Island. It was closed down in the 1980s, and after years of neglect, it has been converted into Mekio Home Furnishing.

Opposite the former theatre, a row of shophouses has also been converted into the Penang Furnishing City.

Hotels

  • Hotel Sentral
  • HelicoNia Hotel
  • The Sovereign Hotel

Political Representation

Penang State Government

N.28 Komtar State Assemblyman : Teh Lai Heng (Democratic Action Party)

Malaysian Federal Parliament

P.049 Tanjong Member of Parliament : Ng Wei Aik (Democratic Action Party)

References

  1. http://www.penang-traveltips.com/kinta-lane.htm
  2. http://teochiewkia.blogspot.my/2009/10/kinta-lane.html

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