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Cinemas are great but sometimes, a change of environment is needed. Laying down on a picnic mat and catching an old film in the evening breeze? That’s a big mood. Here are four outdoor film screenings you can go to for an alternative movie night experience.


B.Y.O Cinema (Oct 20)

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Where: Parkway Parade

Starting in September and lasting all the way through November, the Singapore Film Commission is celebrating its 20th anniversary with B.Y.O Cinema. Keeping the screenings local, B.Y.O is bringing Ilo Ilo back onto the big screen this October. The first Singaporean film to bag an award at Cannes Film Festival, this is a screening you don’t want to miss. Of course, you can’t go to the movies without snacks. Well, B.Y.O Cinema will be providing popcorn and cotton candy – yes, it’s on the house. So grab your mats and get your hearts ready for the evening.


Popcorn Pop-up Cinema (Oct 28)

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Where: Blu Jaz Cafe, 11 Bali Ln, Historic Kampong Glam

Keeping to the Halloween theme, Popcorn Pop-up Cinema has chosen a selection of thrillers for their October screenings. This month, they will be screening Get Out, a riveting psychological thriller on racial struggles, at Blu Jaz Café. Pop by if you are itching for a rush of adrenaline.


Singapore River Festival / SR Day Out (Oct 26- 27) 

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Where: Open field beside Fort Canning MRT

A festival to celebrate Singapore’s outdoor culture, the Singapore River Festival will be hosting a multitude of events this year. For SR Day Out, film screenings will be held at the open field beside Fort Canning MRT station. Going with the BYO tradition most film screenings have, you are allowed to bring your own snacks and mats. Families are welcomed so grab your folks and take them out for a chill night.


Moonlight Cinema (28 November)

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Where: Gardens by the Bay

In partnership with Gardens by The Bay, the Singapore International Film Festival will be hosting the inaugural Moonlight Cinema series. The two films being screened this year are My Girl (USA, 1991) and My Girl (Thailand, 2003. Yes, you heard me right. These two coming-of-age films have the exact same titles. They are set in different countries but bear similarities that are purely coincidental: people love their soundtracks and they are cult favourites. Cinephiles, this is where you should be next month.