Book In Advance
In Europe (Germany in my case) it is very common to walk into the next cinema, choose your movie and have a nice evening. Without issues of fully booked rooms or only available seats for the front row.
However, in Singapore going to the cinema is kind of a national sport due to the general lack of possible outdoor activities. This means, be prepared for the mass. And buy your tickets in advance.
Obviously the cinemas are aware of this situation and offer all very convenient and easy ways of buying your cinema tickets and selecting your seats online.
- Golden Village Cinemas – Online Tickets
- Cathay Cinemas – Online Tickets
- Shaw Cinemas – Online Tickets
Don’t Come Late Because Of The Usual Advertisement
I used to enter the cinema at least 15 minutes after the “official” start time, just best, after the always same advertisements and before the nice movie trailers.
However in Singapore you will experience the extremes from both sides. Sometimes 30 minutes plus advertisement until the movie finally starts, sometimes no advertisement at all, and the movie starts immediately.
So you better be on time.
Its Getting Cold In Here
Yes, finally the well known issue. Ladies don’t go to the cinema without a jacket or double layers of t-shirts, and boys, don’t forget your good looking Che Guevara scarf, its really very cold in Singapore’s cinemas, and the last thing you want to do is leaving the cinema with blue toes (don’t wear flip flops) and waking up the next day with a heavy cold.
Be Prepared For Constant Noise
I personally already get annoyed if I am sitting in the cinema, watching a nice movie and the idiot next to me thinks he has to comment on every second scene or just tell his friend the latest food court news.
In Singapore people will willingly just ignore the “Please switch off your hand phone” advise and keep on checking their SMS or, I am not kidding, make phone calls during the movie.
Bring a “Shut The F*** Up” sign to just hold in the air during the movie, it might help.
Bring Your Own Food
In Europe the cinemas went as far as forcing you to lock away your bags before being allowed to enter the cinema so you really cannot bring any drinks or food on your own.
Of course were baggy jeans a work around, but in Singapore I have the feeling no one cares about this at all.
Since almost all cinemas are situated within shopping malls, just put whatever meal you intend to bring in your bag and no one will bother or even check upon you.
This Is Quite… Small
Sounds like something stereotype but is true.
I sometimes find myself in a room in Singapore’s cinemas that have less leg space then others.
In fact, some had so few leg space that I was forced to make some strange yoga position for being able to somehow place myself on the seat without constantly kicking my front mans back. (and I am only just over 180 cm)
Your Personal Cinema Experience
What do you think about above points, do you agree or are you one of those simultaneously translating the movie into your friends language via mobile phone?
What are your experiences in Singapore’s cinemas and what are your tips? Share with us in the comments below!