Netflix and chill is great and all, but sometimes it just isn’t the same experience as watching a film on a big screen with surround sound. While Singapore has no shortage of movie theatres in almost every single neighbourhood, it can be fun to try something a little less commercial once in a while. If your cinematic tastes veer towards arthouse flicks, black and white indies, foreign films and documentaries as opposed to Hollywood blockbusters (though no shame in loving a Marvel tentpole or two),
Old school is the new cool, and The Projector fits the bill perfectly. It’s squirreled away in Golden Mile Tower, and features three theatres filled with refurbished flip-up chairs still in their original steel frames and wooden armrests.
It’s not the most comfortable, but there are a few perks: you get to bring in alcohol that can be purchased from the intermission bar! There’s also plenty of instagrammable opportunities in the area (the corridors to the washrooms are inked with black and white graffiti).
There’s also a concessions stand for more-than-average cinema nosh and tosh. Their movie selections range from current blockbusters to classic movies to art films. They currently have a run of films that were nominated for the Oscar this year.
The Projecter is located at 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower Singapore 199589
While the fate of their Golden Mile outlet still hangs in the air, the cinema has opened a secondary outlet at Riverside Point called Projector X. Taking over an abandoned fourth floor Chinese disco, Projector X has all the same properties of what makes heading to The Projector so fun. It’s cosy and a little run-down, but hey, that indie charm and atmosphere is exactly why you go to The Projector instead of your neighbourhood Golden Village.
This outlet also has a new cinema hall called The Neon Room, with socially distanced 48-seater of comfy cinema seats, booth and coffee tables. You’ll also be able to enjoy a big screen experience with wireless headphones so that it’s just the film and you – no distractions.
Projector X is located at Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road, #04-13, Singapore 058282
Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking
Established in 2003, Objectifs is a visual arts space in Singapore that is dedicated to film and photography.
Their goal is to cultivate original voices in visual storytelling, and to inspire and broaden perspectives through the power of images. They do this by presenting a year round programme of exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks, mentorships and residencies, aimed at fostering dialogue about visual culture, and advancing the practice and appreciation of photography and film.
If you’re a huge fan of documentaries created by Asian film makers, this is the place to go.
Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking is located at 155 Middle Rd, Singapore 188977
Omni-Theatre at Science Centre Singapore
If you and your bae are huge sci-fi geeks, you’ll love the Omni-Theatre at the Science Centre with its 23-m wide seamless dome screen. The curved screen envelops the entire theatre, making for a truly immersive movie experience.
There are interactive “live” shows run by the Centre’s educators that are meant to teach us about space and the planet we live in, as well as 3D films and movies that are more edutainment rather than entertainment, but hey, it isn’t every day that you get to feel like a part of the movie.
Omni-Theatre is located at 21 Jurong Town Hall Rd, Singapore 609433
Alliance Francaise Ciné-club
French is the language of love, so there’s nothing like watching a French film on date night to rekindle that passion with your significant other.
The Alliance Française de Singapour, the organisation that promotes French culture and all things French, organises French movie screenings every month centered on a particular theme. And you don’t need to speak French to understand them, as English subtitles are readily available.
Alliance Francaise is located at 1 Sarkies Rd, Singapore 258130
Oldham Theatre at the National Archives of Singapore
There are a million worlds to be found when you tap into Asian Cinema. Oldham Theatre is the gateway, hosting screenings by the Asian Film Archive.
A non-profit organisation to preserve the rich film heritage of Singapore and Asian Cinema. In hopes to promote a wider critical appreciation of this art form, you can expect specially curated films that will astound you.
It’s wheelchair accessible and has 4K digital and 35mm film format projections for all your viewing pleasure.
Oldham Theatre is located at National Archives of Singapore, 1 Canning Rise, Singapore 179868
Founded in 2007, Filmgarde Cineplex prides itself in supporting local films and film literacy. Including exclusive releases by local and Asian filmmakers. Even if you haven’t heard of them, Filmgarde Cineplex is well known in the business of film cinematics.
It’s the first Cineplex in Asia to be fully-fitted with the next generation format of Immersive 3D Sound in cinema, as well as the first in Singapore to launch a Cinema Website, Mobile App and Self-Ticketing Kiosk all on a Bilingual Platform.
Not only do they have indie picks, but they also have Hollywood Blockbusters going on at good deals.
Filmgarde Cineplex is located at Kallang Leisure Park 5 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397693
Photo: Carnival Cinemas
If we’re going to really get into great films, we definitely can’t leave out one of the biggest contributors: Bollywood. Firstly, they do romantic movies like no other. The cinema camps out at the charmingly old-school Shaw Towers tucked away from the conventional shopping centre and mall. The cinema screens Tamil and Hindi films from India and across the region. You know you’re really making your money’s worth because not only are the films amazing, but they can run up to twice as long as the typical Hollywood blockbuster. So get comfy and be prepared for an emotional ride.
Carnival Cinema is located at 6001, Beach Road ,Golden Mile Tower, Singapore 199589