The 7 Best Cinemas In Singapore

Yesterday I Almost Puked While Watching A Movie In Singapore.

The reason was my confused brain after I had finally decided to give the new re-discovered 3D-Movies a try and watch “My Bloody Valentine” in fabulous, and very shaky, 3D pictures.

And while sitting there and seeing blood and ripped out hearts flying around me, enjoying myself and the sweet popcorn, I remembered how I first arrived in Singapore and short after had a terrible introduction to the cinema experience in Singapore.

1. Golden Village – Vivo City

The Golden Village franchise cinemas are in general all of a very high standard, including newest sound and projector technology, mostly clean theater rooms, convenient Internet booking and seat reservation etc.

The Golden Village cinemas at Vivo City offer you the great convenience to spend a day shopping or relaxing on Sentosa and coming back letting you watch a nice cinema in a very relaxing atmosphere.

  • Webpage:
    www.gv.com.sg
  • Online booking:
    Yes (here)
  • Ticket Weekday:
    7.50 $ (+1 $ Booking Fee)
  • Ticket Weekend:
    10 $ (+1 $ Booking Fee)
  • Clean:
    Yes, very clean
  • Movie Quality (Technology / Sound):
    Almost always very good, shows 3D movies, some cinemas have full digital screenings, some smaller rooms have the “normal” technology, sound could be a bit louder sometimes

2. Golden Village – Plaza Singapura

If you want to have a nice dinner and combine it with a very convenient location (Dauhby Gaut MRT) and a relaxing movie to finish the day of, then I can recommend the Golden Village cinema in the Plaza Singapura Mall.

Situated on the top level, you have all the usual amenities, and if your show is sold out already, you always have the option to walk over to the Cathay (below) and check their screenings.

  • Webpage:
    www.gv.com.sg
  • Online booking:
    Yes (here)
  • Ticket Weekday:
    7.50 $ (+1 $ Booking Fee)
  • Ticket Weekend:
    10 $ (+1 $ Booking Fee)
  • Clean:
    Yes, very clean, but less then Vivo City
  • Movie Quality (Technology / Sound):
    Almost always very good, Some cinemas have full digital screenings, some smaller rooms have the “normal” technology, sound could be a bit louder sometimes

3. The Cathay – Cathay (Dauhby Gaut MRT)

A mere 5 minute walk from the MRT station or Plaza Singapura “The Cathay” is the other big franchise cinema line in Singapore. Their “Flagship” cinema is in the “Cathay” building and was the first to offer 3D movies in Singapore.

If you have to wait for your movie to start, just have a nice snack in the food court in the basement or play a round of PC games on the same level as the cinema.

However, their rooms are usually more freezer then cinema. Bring a winter jacket if you come here.

  • Webpage:
    www.cathay.com.sg
  • Online booking:
    Yes (here)
  • Ticket Weekday:
    7.50 $ (+1 $ Booking Fee)
  • Ticket Weekend:
    10 $ (+1 $ Booking Fee)
  • Clean:
    Yes, clean
  • Movie Quality (Technology / Sound):
    Good technology, shows 3D movies

4. Shaw Lido Complex (Room 1) – Shaw Center

One of the oldest established cinemas right in the heart of Singapore. Directly on Orchard road and once founded by the “Shaw Brothers” this is the place to go for some nostalgia.

Old original movie posters along the walls of the Lido and ticket counters as old school as some of the cinema rooms.

I put “Room 1″ in the header because I can only recommend “Room 1″. Its the largest cinema room in Singapore and plays the movies in High Definition, full digitalized quality. Very impressive.

  • Webpage:
    www.shaw.sg
  • Online booking:
    Yes (here)
  • Ticket Weekday:
    7 $ (+0.5 $ Booking Fee)
  • Ticket Weekend:
    8 $ (+0.5 $ Booking Fee)
  • Clean:
    I would say its enough, general clean, but you might find some old Popcorn on your seat
  • Movie Quality (Technology / Sound):
    Offers 3D movies, biggest cinema room in Singapore, some rooms very old technology, Room 1 full digitalized

5. Alliance Francais

The Alliance Francais is a French cultural center in Singapore, situated near Newton MRT (5 minutes walking distance) it is the only place where you will find old and new French movies, shown in French with English subtitles the whole year.

The environment is more of a cultural arty one, then the latest cinema dome. Definitely worth a visit and a must for every French movie lover.

  • Webpage:
    www.alliancefrancaise.org.sg
  • Online booking:
    Yes (here)
  • Ticket Weekday:
    8.20 $
  • Ticket Weekend:
    8.20 $
  • Clean:
    Yes, simple location, but everything fine
  • Movie Quality (Technology / Sound):
    This cinema is not about the movie quality but the gathering and experience. Enjoy the movie, the company and the environment, not the latest technology.

6. Screening Room – China Town

The Screening Room is thought as a fusion of bar / restaurent with cinema touch. Situated near Club Street in China Town its a wonderful place for a nice cocktail on the rooftop bar and a private (you can rent their screening room) or public show of a timeless movie.
Its a very nice concept that works very well and keeps a personal touch through small location and well executed concept ideas.

  • Webpage:
    www.screeningroom.com.sg
  • Online booking:
    No (Reservations through: 6221-1694 or by email to info@screeningroom.com.sg)
  • Ticket Weekday:
    20 $
  • Ticket Weekend:
    20 $
  • Clean:
    Clean as a bar can be!
  • Movie Quality (Technology / Sound):
    Its about the combination of wonderful bar and restaurent layout with the possibility to sit down and have your cocktail while watching one of the timeless masterpieces with your friends. Dont expect the latest technology, but a lot of fun and a wonderful evening.

7. Gold Class – Golden Village

The golden ultimate cinema experience. Expect to pay 35 $ and more for a single ticket, but find yourself in a cinema with not more then 20 guests, each resting in a business class lounge style chair, fully convertible into a nice and comfortable bed.

You get your popcorn and drinks, meals and cokctails personally delivered to your seat and blankets to keep you warm (which is more then important especially in Singapore) are included as well. Be king for a night.

  • Webpage:
    www.gv.com.sg/cinemas_gvgoldclass
  • Online booking:
    Yes (here)
  • Ticket Weekday:
    28 $ (+1 $ Booking Fee)
  • Ticket Weekend:
    36 $ (+1 $ Booking Fee)
  • Clean:
    Perfect, your seat comes with a butler and free blankets, what more do you want
  • Movie Quality (Technology / Sound):
    Good quality of both sound and screening technology + a small room with a big screen for only a few people

Where Do You Watch Your Movies?

Please let us know where your preferred cinema is and why, post your favorite places and theaters in the comments below!

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9 Comments

Maynas Eric

Wah, zhai :) You actually did a review on this.
lolz, thanks my friend.

Gonna bookmark this for a long long time.

I didn’t know about 5. Alliance Francais, wonder if they have subtitles in the French movies. If have, that will be great!

Eric
Twitter: @maynaseric

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Audrey Tang

The seats at Cathay cinemas are generally more comfy than GV cinemas – unless you’re the type that love sitting up straight throughout your 2 hour movie!

I’m a big fan of Picturehouse at Cathay Dhoby Ghaut, which generally shows movies with limited runs — big comfy seats but no clue why they won’t allow F&B in the Picturehouse.

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admin

Hey Maynas Eric,

I will be at the Alliance Francais again at the end of March, they are showing “Les Choristes”, great movie, its all in French language but with English subtitles! Go check it ou!

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admin

Hey Audrey, yes, the Picture House is great, although for me it seems its the “coldest” cinema… My regualr place to go is Plaza GV…this sunday again, watchmen!

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george

what a joke. trying to get to gv site for 2 hours to book movie used firefox and ie. still nothing. typical singapore all talk and no action.

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Matt

Haha, yeah man, sometime it happens. Singapore too small!! Bandwidth is not even enough to support sometime!!

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farida

hmmm….perhaps i’ll try to watch movie at one of your recommended places for my next trip to singapore laa….

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SMP

Just a few small things. I find the sound in the cinema at Cathay way too loud . So much so that I bring ear plugs (I can hear the dialogue in other screens too – esp picturehouse). I agree regarding the need for a winter jacket etc. Strangely people also answer their mobiles and continually text during films, even in the picture house!! Does this happen at some of the other spots. Will try the Golden village cinema at Vivocity

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