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CINEMAS IN SINGAPORE

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 13 Feb 2019  

Cinema is a considerably big part of Singapore’s culture – the speck of a country has one of the highest movie attendance rates in the world. Whether you’re an avid movie buff or just fancy a film on a rainy day, we’ve rounded up some top-quality cinemas in Singapore to take your pick from.


Large multiplexes

Shaw
Delve into a slice of Singapore’s past at Shaw Theatres, whose founding in 1924 makes it the oldest cinema operator in Singapore. Today, there are seven cineplexes in the chain, with those at Waterway Point, Lido and JCube offering exclusive IMAX experiences – plus an upcoming cineplex at Jewel Changi Airport. Shaw’s cinemas are known for their comfy seats, crisp Dolby Surround Sound systems and more extravagantly-designed interiors. The best example of this is at Shaw Theatres Lido, with halls containing leather seats and shiny black walls.

Golden Village (GV)
is the country’s largest cinema operator, and offers the most choices for moviegoers. Its theatres are spacious with unobstructed views – and fitted with equally outstanding sound systems. Try the GVmax cinema in VivoCity shopping centre, which boasts the widest screen in Asia at 22.4 metres. Want a further upgrade? Golden Village also offers the Gold Class experience, complete with recliner seats, fine food and wine (at an added cost), and a private lounge bar. The biggest and best GV Singapore cinemas are at VivoCity, Suntec City, and Plaza Singapura.

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Cathay Cineplexes has eight outlets across Singapore, all with ultra high-definition screens for top-notch picture quality. Its standout theatres in Singapore include the The Cathay in Dhoby Ghaut, a restored Art Deco building that opened in 1939. If you want to snuggle up with your special someone between scenes, Cathay Cineplexes have seats designed specifically for couples.

Smaller, independent cinemas

projector

If you’re looking for movies a little more left-field, Singapore has a handful of charming independent cinemas that screen obscure pictures.

The Projector is equal parts quirky and unique – and Singapore’s place to be if you’re into arthouse and film festivals. Come here to catch all manner of indie flicks and cult classics, as well as the latest blockbusters. Refurbished as the result of a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, the Beach Road cinema has two screens and old-school decor. Feel free to bring in food or drink from outside, but do your best to grab a bean bag before they all go. There’s also a Volkswagen campervan-turned-bar here for a drink after the movie.

If you fancy feeling like a VIP, The Screening Room – hidden away on Club Street – will make you feel like you have your own boutique home cinema. Put your feet up and lounge on a sofa or armchair while watching one of your favourites in a homely space. Access to The Screening Room is free, but you do need to spend more than S$15 at the rooftop Theatre Bar upstairs.
 

The Projector
REX Cinema is Singapore’s place to be for quality Bollywood films. A charming picture house steeped in history, the operator is now part of the Carnival Cinemas chain, itself the largest operator in over 100 cities in India. With three cineplexes spread across Golden Mile, Punggol and Shaw Tower, you’ll find a similar – albeit unique – atmosphere that's unlike other theatres, with viewers whooping and cheering in support of their Bollywood heroes throughout film screenings.

Over at King Albert Park is Eaglewings Cinematics, set with four modestly-sized cinema halls, and each with a different color scheme. It has a mixture of classic seating and armchairs, and screens the latest blockbusters alongside faith-based, independent films. The cinema’s motto, ‘light your world’, is an adaptation of a passage from the Bible – though on the surface Eaglewings isn’t overtly religious, and welcomes everybody regardless of faith.
 

Open-air experiences

Sentosa
The thrifty might appreciate catching free films on Sentosa Island, set in Palawan Green beside Beach Station – which is most accessible by hopping on the Sentosa Express monorail from VivoCity for a small fee. Nosh on small bites and drinks from one of the food trucks stationed at the beachfront cinema, then settle on the artificial turf to catch a popular flick, whether a Hollywood classic or blockbuster for the family. Screenings happen only occasionally, so check the schedule board before going. Ready to make a full day of it? These are some of the top things to do in Sentosa Island. 

Or try the Open Air Cinema Club near Clarke Quay on Fridays. Situated on a rooftop surrounded by glittering skyscrapers, movies shown range from family-friendly films to Tarantino epics. Tickets cost S$18 but sell out fast, so be sure to book ahead of time online.
 
TLK
If you’re looking for live performances, go no further than Marina Bay Sands’ very own Sands Theatres. Relax and lose yourself in award-winning plays, timeless musicals and stellar concerts – past and upcoming shows include The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia! And The Lion King. Combine your chosen production with a luxury meal in one of our selected fine restaurants afterwards with a Show & Dine package. Peruse the latest musicals here, and treat yourself and your family to a night of incredible entertainment. Complete your evening with Spectra, a free nightly light and water show on the Event Plaza. 

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