The National Theatre

The National Theatre was a cultural centre situated at the foot of Fort Canning Hill near the corner of Clemenceau Avenue and River Valley Road. It was completed in 1963 and officially opened by the Yang di-Pertuan Negara (Head of State) Enche Yusof Ishak. Designed by local architect Alfred Wong, the theatre had a five-pointed facade and crescent-shaped fountain which were modelled after the five stars and crescent moon found on the state flag. The theatre was used as a venue for entertainment events, university convocations and important public events such as the National Day Rally. In January 1984, the theatre was closed down due to safety concerns over its structural integrity. It was eventually demolished in 1986.