About Us

Cathay Organisation has long been an established house-hold name in Singapore. Founded in 1935 the company started most notably in the entertainment industry, owning cinemas across Singapore and Malaysia.

Over the last few decades, we have built a name for ourselves by cultivating unique lifestyle destinations and diversifying into asset management with the development of retail malls, commercial buildings and a hotel.

Having divested our interests in the entertainment sector in 2017, Cathay Organisation is committed to growing its iconic brand towards businesses that offer synergies in property management and lifestyle solutions. Our goal is to create long term intrinsic value by unlocking potential and positioning ourselves at the forefront of Singapore’s changing landscape.

Principal Activities:
•    Asset and project management
•    Real estate management
•    Hotel management
•    Investment holdings

Corporate History

THE BEGINNING 1930s-1950s

  • In 1935, Mrs Loke Yew established Associated Theatres Ltd as she had noticed a significant lacking of entertainment establishments for the community which allowed social interactions that a cinema offers and to provide a place for people to meet and be entertained
  • By 1950s, Dato Loke Wan Tho had expanded his business to include film production
  • Associated Theatre was renamed Cathay Organisation Pte Ltd in 1959

DIVERSIFICATION 1960s-1980s

  • Looking to diversify Cathay Organisation’s portfolio beyond cinemas.
  • Jackie’s Bowl was established with Cathay Organisation as the major shareholder.
  • Cathay started diversifying into properties and real estates.
  • 1979 new Cathay Organisation logo was developed. Each semi circle represented the “c” of Cathay & each circle represented the “O” in organisation

ENTERING MILLENIUM 1990s-2000s

  • Responding to the changing economic environment by the 1990s; Cathay Organisation rationalised its cinema business, selling out their cinema operations in Malaysia. In Singapore, Cathay chose to move with the trends and operated only quality Cineplexes converting its stand-alone cinemas into multi-screens.
  • Cathay Organisation Holdings was incorporated in 1992 to manage the different business portfolio under its management.
  • In 1994, Cathay Properties Pte Ltd was incorporated to provide property management and maintenance services for facilities operated under the Organisation.
  • Cathay Cineleisure Orchard opened at the former Cathay Orchard Cinema site in 1997 -providing a place for people to meet, shop and be entertained.
  • Cathay Cineplexes Pte Ltd was incorporated in 1998 to manage the cinema operations.
  • 1999, the launch of new Corporate identity; Cathay’s ‘liquid’ logo aims to bring our organisation towards a more modern and dynamic outlook in our evolution onto greater heights.
  • Hangout Hotels Pte Ltd was incorporated in 2003

A NEW ERA 2010s and beyond

  • With the changing environment and for an entertainment company to survive – Cathay Cineplexes need to broaden its extension into production, distribution, & etc . The difficult decision to let go of Cathay Cineplexes to mm2 was necessary for the brand to grow bigger and further.
  • Today, Cathay Organisation is a diversified Group with business activities in real estate, property-related management services, retail malls, museum gallery, a unique brand of hotel.
  • With the sale of the cinemas, Cathay looked back into it’s rich history and launch a new corporate identity which took the idea behind the 1980s logo of “C” & “O”
  • CO – a group of companies providing a connecting space/place for the community to gather; whether it is for leisure or for work.