In 1980s the only way to purchase movie tickets was to queue up at the counter. At the counter, the customers would tell the counter staff the slot he wanted, and then the staff would flip a booklet to show a big sheet of paper. That sheet of paper would show the layout of the theatre, and which seats were still available. Some theatres had 2 levels, and if I remember correctly, a ticket for level 2 cost $3.50, and a ticket for level 1 cost $2.50. After choosing the seats, the staff would cross out the seats on the sheet of paper to indicate that they were not longer available, and write the seat number on the ticket. Payment was solely by cash. If one would like some snacks while watching the movie, the only snack available for sale in the cinema was assorted nuts.
Inside the theatre, there would be ushers armed with torchlight walking around to direct customers to their seats. Part of their duty was to resolve seating problems. The seat number on the ticket was handwritten so some customers read it wrongly and sat at someone else’s seat.
In those days (1980s), there was no rating for movies. Using the current rating system, movies of that era that were allowed to screen were either G or PG. There was also hardly CG effects in the shows due to the high costs involved. I remember watching the carebears movie at Cathay. Of course at that time, it was a 2D cartoon movie.
After the show, when the customers had left the theatre, the cleaners would clean up the theatre so that the next group of customers could enjoy the show in a clean environment.
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