Where are you watching your next movie? Take it outdoors or go independent at these cool alternative cinemas in Singapore.
Dinner and a movie should still hold importance to any culture vulture. Sure, it may be convenient to catch the latest blockbuster at the nearest mall in Singapore – or have a cheeky sesh of Netflix and chill at home – but you might want shake up the usual casual hang with friends somewhere new. And come on, we should at least be stepping it up a notch on date night. Here are the spots you should check out next…
Of course we need to have The Projector on the list. Old is new again at what used to be Golden Theatre, the biggest cinema in Singapore and Malaysia in back in the 70s. These days, The Projector is a popular independent cinema sitting atop the seedy Golden Mile Tower. Besides its great selection of both indie and blockbuster films, the selection of snacks is commendable – I rate it five popcorns.
The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower, Singapore 199589
The Screening Room
Watching a film is about the experience – and The Screening Room folks over at Ann Siang are well-versed in this. It also works differently from other cinemas – guests buy their dinners to enjoy a super comfy lounge seat at the screening rooms. The screenings also follow the ‘seasons’ so it’s all about the scares and screams for Halloween throughout October with curated picks like The Exorcist, Sixth Sense, The Conjuring and more.
The Screening Room, 12 Ann Siang Road #03-00, Singapore 069692
Besides putting up the coolest exhibitions in town, the futuristic ArtScience Museum also screens films for its ArtScience on Screen series. This rolling programme features a range of exciting filmmakers and artists from Singapore and beyond. Expect solo showcases of artists’ moving image work, curated programmes of film exploring specific art-science themes, feature-length film screenings, multi-screen presentations and creative documentaries.
ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Alliance Française Singapore
The best way to learn about French culture? French films, of course! Goddard, Truffaut and French New Wave created some of the best things in cinema so we love that the Alliance Française is making cinema accessible to the wider Singapore audience via frequent film screenings at the cultural centre.
Cine Club, Alliance Français Singapore, 1 Sarkies Road, Singapore 258130
Fun fact: Rex was opened in 1946 by the Shaw Organisation with a screening of The Jungle Book. Since then, it became one of the key cineplexes in Singapore before it shut down in 1983 due to the dwindling movie industry in Singapore. Thankfully, that was not the end of the story of Rex: now open in two locations, it’s the go-to for your fix of Tamil and Hindi films. Love Bollywood drama and ostentatious movie sets? Then you have to check out what Rex has screening today.
Rex Cinemas, two locations including Little India and Beach Road.
Be My Kaki Bus
Bringing back the old community vibes, Be My Kaki Bus is a fun and old school way to watch films – with the whole neighbourhood! Popping up in parks, town centres, common public spaces and private estates around Singapore, the Be My Kaki Bus brings family-friendly movies into the heartlands. It’s only feel-good vibes with this outdoor cinema but keep tabs on what’s showing next in your ‘hood.
Be My Kaki Bus, various locations.
Dubbed as the outdoor movie specialist, MovieMob frequently rolls out film screenings at the most random places. From the Botanic Gardens to the middle of a business park, it makes watching a movie accessible for just about anyone, at any time of the day.
MovieMob, various locations.