If you are into the cinephilia culture, Discover SG has sourced some alternative film experiences that are far from the usual blockbusters in iMax screens. From homegrown features to top picks at international film festivals, these one-of-a-kind venues provide new space — to screen (at lower cost) and a great network community between industry’s talents and mainstream audience.
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Since its launch in 2009 till date, MovieMob has been screening outdoor movies in all locations around Singapore. With makeshift movie theatre popups in open areas islandwide, the turnout at their unique drive-in has been very successful.
If you do not own a car, they will always have a separate picnic area and everyone gets to enjoy thematic food sponsored by the event organisers. It often is a splendid weekend as everyone gets to enjoy the silver screen under a starry sky! Wouldn’t this be a perfect idea for a first date? Follow their social media platforms to suggest your choice of movie to be screened!
Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road #05-00 Singapore 199589
Paging all hipsters, this is probably the most retro movie experience that one can encounter in Singapore. Just based its captivating location alone, it is not your average cinema for sure. Rediscover an old cinematic icon, Golden Theatre within Golden Mile Tower, was the biggest cinema back in 1973.
After a successful Indigogo crowdfunding campaign, this independent cinema is now refurbished while still preserving the original’s old-school features. This cinema screens indie films (think Cannes Film Festival) and programme curator Gavin Low has expressed, “I believe The Projector can provide a different perspective, broaden the tastes of audiences here, and help develop a community who can call this cinema home.”
They have just recently turned ONE! For more information on their frequent quirky themed events, do check out their Facebook for updates
1 Sarkies Road, Newton, Singapore 258130
This French language and cultural institution aims to be a regional influence in contributing to the cultural scene of Singapore. Opening doors to people from all walks of life, Alliance Française de Singapour provides high quality viewing experience in their 236-seats cinema.
Apart from hosting weekly screening of classic and contemporary French films (with English subtitles), the public also gets to enjoy films of other language in their diversified events like Francophonie Festival. For this year 2016’s special, they have even invited director Yann Samuell for its world premiere Le Fantôme de Canterville (The Canterville Ghost) for a Q&A session with the audience.
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
If you would like to be educated about cinematic culture, one should not miss the National Museum of Singapore’s monthly World Cinema Series. It is a showcase of artistically restored works of international classic.
Home to a retrospective collection of local films, the Gallery Theatre often host events like Perspectives Film Festival and Singapore International Film Festival. Apart from its underground cinémathèque, the National Museum of Singapore also screens occasionally in their Stamford Garden in a relaxing open-air ambience. One can bring their own picnic mats and even BYOB under the stars!
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In an attempt to promote community awareness in the local scene, the National Library Board has been screening FREE movies islandwide. Apart from loaning physical books, NLB libraries also lend out movie dvds for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Aside from family-friendly blockbusters shown at selected branches, be sure to catch a monthly screening of (artsy-fartsy) film on the first Wednesday of the month at Library@Esplanade.
With all these alternative places to watch a movie, why visit the same old boring cinemas? Embark on an adventurous date by visiting these alternative places instead! Let us know how your movie experience went in the comments!