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6 awesome alternative cinemas in Singapore for movie date night

Forget conventional cinemas like GV, Shaw or Cathay. Instead, book your tickets at these cool joints, for a hipster date night with bae.

The Projector

Image: The Projector

Old school is the new cool, and The Projector fits the bill perfectly. It’s squirreled away in Golden Mile Tower, and features two 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’ll get to openly bring in food and drinks you’ve purchased from elsewhere without having to smuggle them in, and you will get 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.

6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower


Image: Omni-theatre

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.

21 Jurong Town Hall Road

Sunset Cinema

Image: Sunset Cinema

Outdoor cinemas in Singapore are sadly consigned to pop-up events, but thankfully, there are a few of them in a year. This year, Sunset Cinema (the same folks behind the open-air cinema event Films at the Fort held last year) is bringing back a new open-air cinema event on Tanjong Pagar Beach, Sentosa. They will only open for two consecutive weeks from 5 May to 14 May 2017, and will feature a range of movies such as sci-fi movie Arrival and biographical drama film Jackie, featuring Natalie Portman. Sit back on beach deck chairs as you sip cocktails from the open bar and tuck into gourmet bites from temporary food stalls opened for the event itself. Tickets are for sale now, so get them before they are sold out.

120 Tanjong Beach Walk

The Hive

Image: Open Air Cinema

Many will know The Hive as a coworking space, but they also rent out their spaces for various events from time to time. The folks from Open Air Cinema is currently organising movie events at the rooftop space in The Hive. Check out movie listings on The Hive’s website and the Open Air Cinema’s facebook page. Upcoming films include black comedy Pulp Fiction and Moulin Rouge, and usually sell out very quickly. They usually also do screenings to coincide with major events such as Halloween and Christmas, so expect a Valentine’s Day edition very soon. Tickets are available on Peatix.

59 New Bridge Road

The Screening Room

Image: The Screening Room

The Screening Room is an intimate boutique film theatre with crazy-comfy lounge seats, where you sip on bubblies and nibble on tapas from the bar while watching the latest blockbuster or an artsy independent film. They work slightly differently from other cinemas: they don’t sell tickets for the movies (although you indicate interest by reserving a spot in advance online); instead, you are expected to spend $15 on food and beverages per pax to enjoy a seat. Current screenings include a slew of rom-coms for Valentine’s Day such as Love Actually, 500 Days of Summer and Before Sunrise.

12 Ann Siang Rd, #03-00

Alliance Francaise

Image: Alliance Francaise

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 centred on a particular theme. For February, it’s all about girl power with movies looking at feminist topics and strong women figures. And you don’t need to speak French to understand them, as English subtitles are readily available.

1 Sarkies Rd