Celebrating its tenth year, Filmgarde Cineplexes is embarking on an exciting new growth planto be Singapore’s market leader in the cinematic experience. Pushing to be at the forefront of international standards whilst being audience-oriented and accessible, Filmgarde will feature cutting-edge international cinematic technology, innovative products and carefully curated service offerings.
Filmgarde Cineplexes has overhauled and enhanced its website and is introducing for the FIRST time in Singapore, a Bilingual Cinema Website that allows consumers to toggle the platform easily between English and Chinese. This thoughtful initiative not only allows Filmgarde to reach out to a wider audience, but it also creates greater ease of use and accessibility for the mature and silver generation.
Complementing its new website is Filmgarde Cineplexes’ brand new self-service ticketing kiosk which also sits on a bilingual platform. These kiosks are ergonomically designed and allows for fast and effortless purchase of tickets via a wide range of payment platforms including Visa, Mastercard, PayWave, PayPass and NETS, in line with the national drive towards a cashless economy. For those who prefer a human touch, manned ticketing counters are also available.
To encourage family bonding and more convenient visits for young families to the movies, Filmgarde Cineplexes is also introducing the FIRST Cinema ‘Family Seats’ in Singapore (from $28.50-$42). A Filmgarde exclusive design that allows for seating for up to two adults and two children, this thoughtful initiative elevates the cinema seat from being just another piece of furniture, to an opportunity for families and loved ones to engage and interact seamlessly at the movies.
In a FIRST also for Singapore and Asia, Filmgarde Cineplexes is working strategically with local media powerhouse Mediacorp and Barco, the leading international specialist in visual and projection technology, to debut the next generation immersive sound technologyAuroMax® across all its cinema halls at Filmgarde Century Square.
The brand new AuroMax® is the next frontier and the epitome of the Auro technology. It is also the format of choice for international cinematic use and supported by major and international organizations such as NATO (National Organisation of Theatre Owners), UNIC and DCI (Digital Cinema Initiative), representing major exhibitors, Hollywood studios and the SMPTE (the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers). As of June 2018, there are more than 600 theatres worldwide committed to the format, with more than 50 leading post-production studios and 120 international films released in Auro®.
AuroMax® is thus confidently positioned as the ultimate immersive sound system on themarket, creating a natural 3D listening experience; allowing Singapore’s audience to feel asthough they are right within the picture. In another first of its kind in Singapore, in line withFilmgarde’s vision to elevate the cinematic standards for Singapore’s audiences, it will bekeeping its AuroMax® ticket pricing affordable, retaining its regular price of tickets (from $8.50- $14.50).
The National Archives of Singapore (NAS) building is undergoing renovations and will reopen at the end of this year. The building, which was originally the Anglo-Chinese School (Primary), will also have its Oldham Theatre expanded from a 44-seater to seat 135.
NAS houses the collective memory of our nation. This memory allows current and future generations of Singaporeans to understand our different cultures, explore our common heritage and appreciate who we are and how we became a nation.
As the official custodian of the corporate memory of the government, NAS manages public records and provides advice to government agencies on records management. From government files, private records, historical maps and photographs to oral history interviews and audio-visual materials, NAS is responsible for the collection, preservation and management of Singapore's public and private archival records, some of which date back to the early 19th century.
NAS’ repository of archival materials makes it an important research centre for those in search of information about the country's history.
Designed by architectural firm Ong and Ong, the new Gateway Theatre is a multi-theatre venue located in the heart of Bukit Merah Central.
An arts venue built by the Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC), the Gateway Theatre project cost over $50 million to complete. It aims to be a creative arts space that promotes Made-In-Singapore works and talents of all cultures, while developing an appreciation of the arts within the heartlands of Bukit Merah and in Singapore.
The Gateway Theatre occupies the site of the former Touch Community Theatre. A wall dating back to the Dhalit cinema which first stood there has been repurposed into a decorative feature of the Sky Garden.
The space is operated by production entertainment company Gateway Entertainment, which is helmed by Faith Community Baptist Church's pastor Lawrence Khong and his daughter Priscilla.
Its two main venues are the 930-seat Main Theatre and the 200-seat modular Black Box theatre. Within the building are two studio spaces for multi-purpose use, an outdoor roof garden and small balcony gardens for open-air performances. Gateway Theatre aims to fill this building with performances big and small, of various genres and styles.
One of its kind, Gateway Theatre’s Sky Garden is a unique green space in the middle of the Bukit Merah heartland that is landscaped with manicured lawns, shade trees, a water feature and an outdoor stage. This green refuge can be transformed into a unique event space for product launches, weddings, dinner receptions and even fitness lessons.
Originally used for movie screenings in the 1980’s, the main theatre is now the prime space and heart of Gateway Theatre for arts and performances. The intimate two-tiered theatre is fully equipped with a 12m x 6.45m LED wall and an array of visual, audio and lighting systems that can meet the needs of various art genres. It’s also great for product launches, conferences, film screenings or lectures.
Gateway Theatre’s Black Box is a space for your imagination. It’s an intimate and unique space where the most innovative and engaging type of performances unfold right before your eyes. Their Black Box has flexible staging and lighting configurations to suit a wide range of events, and it’s a great space for concerts, exhibitions – even movie filming. A key feature is the three-meter high LED wall that can give new depth to a performance or conference.
Singapore’s leading cinema exhibitor, Golden Village Multiplex (GV), is upping the ante in the entertainment scene in the east of the city, with the opening of Singapore’s first all-new laser projection multiplex at the new Singpost Centre retail mall, located at the heart of Paya Lebar.
Laser projection made its debut on the screens in all eight auditoriums at the 756-seat GV Paya Lebar, which officially opened to the public last month.
With a brightness of 20,000 lumens, the Barco Smart Laser Projection delivers unprecedented picture quality, far outperforming traditional digital projections. The new system creates higher contrast, clearer, crisper imagery and higher colour saturation, providing viewers with a far superior visual effect.
Similarly, auditorium seating has undergone a radical re-think from conventional cinema row-seating. Fusing contemporary design with essential modern-day comfort, GV Paya Lebar’s latest seating concept in its DUO DELUXE hall, gives movie goers the option of enhanced privacy and comfort. With its opulent twin leatherette seats, specially designed with lumbar cushion for superior support, the exclusive 58-seat cinema is further testament to GV’s uncompromising approach to creating the ultimate cinema experience.
As Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay turns 15 this year, the national performing arts centre will be adding a new venue to its stable, enabling it to create more unique Singapore stories and shared experiences for society through the arts.
To be completed in 2021, the new building situated along the Esplanade Waterfront will feature a flexible theatre which can seat about 550 people and an outdoor activities plaza integrated with popular dining outlets at the Esplanade Annexe.
This waterfront theatre hopes to inspire our young and nurture the next generation of artists, by commissioning and producing more new works by Singapore artists and companies and taking them from home to the world stage.
With the new 550-seat waterfront theatre, Esplanade will be able to:
Develop and present a wider range of quality arts programmes for schools that inspire and challenge the young; develop in future generations empathy, curiosity and creativity; and provide them new perspectives on different cultures and our society.
Allow Singapore’s promising community, youth and traditional arts groups, especially in theatre and dance, to take that next step to reach a wider audience along Esplanade’s busy waterfront.
Work closely with both Singapore and regional artists to create new works and to take these artists and works beyond Singapore.
Present a greater diversity of leading artists and productions that inspire, given that, a majority of works produced today for major arts festivals are for a medium-sized space.
About one quarter of the retail space at the new Funan mall has been taken up and local theatre company W!LD RICE is among one of the latest tenants announced together with a few other familiar brands.
The retail mall will have 200 shops over six storeys, and is targeted for completion in the fourth quarter of 2019.
W!LD RICE will build a 18,000 sq ft, 380-seat theatre - the first facility of its kind designed and managed by a local theatre group to be located within a commercial complex.
W!LD RICE was founded in 2000 by Ivan Heng, an internationally acclaimed and award-winning theatre practitioner, and is recognised today as one of Singapore’s leading professional theatre companies.
Davide Oldani, chef-owner of Michelin-starred restaurant D’O in Italy, will introduce you to his unique brand of Cucina Pop philosophy at his first restaurant in Singapore, FOO'D by Davide Oldani, opens on 17 December 2016.
Located in the iconic Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, the restaurant offers set menus of up to seven courses, with creative dishes such as a caramelised onion pastry topped with gelato made from 20-months aged Grana Padano cheese.
Capitol Theatre provides an inspirational platform to capture the imagination and move audiences.The historic Capitol Theatre, the epicentre of creativity, is where the arts and society meet. Through the transformation, Capitol Theatre will become one of South-east Asia’s largest single screen cinema with approximately 800 seats, built for red carpet movie premieres, first run screenings and MICE events. The theatre will also host in-house theatre and dance productions, featuring local and Asian repertoire.
A new 8km-long Jubilee Walk has been launched. It covers historic locations in the civic district and the Marina Bay are and a new pedestrian bridge that stretches from the Merlion Park to Marina Promenade, in front of the Esplanade Theatres.
The existing Esplanade Bridge was too narrow for pedestrians. Now with the Jubilee Bridge, you can stroll comfortably across the Singapore River.
The Jubilee Walk is identified by trail and monument markers and three new public art works to commemorate SG50.
AltaEgo is a brand new 3 level concept located in Ann Siang, with each level bringing you a completely different party experience.
The ground floor cocktail bar and restaurant is a great setting for your social or business gathering and comes to life in the evenings with a down-tempo acoustic live band. They strive to blend the very best of entertainment with professional service through a comprehensive drink list and tapas. The design mixes bright colours to enhance the space with rich dark material to create a stimulating setting.
On level 2, embrace the intimate and sophisticated lounge experience. Sultry vocal house music coupled with signature cocktails and VIP table service complement the warm, intimate atmosphere.
On level 3, their boutique theatre is an intimate and comfortable setting which offers daily screenings of films that cannot be seen on the big screen anymore. By day we service a variety of private events and by night they transform into a sexy champagne lounge where you can unwind and corporates can entertain while listening to groovy beats and enjoying the finer things in life.
On level 4, an award winning bar which has enjoyed regular popularity over the years for its relaxing vibe, fabulous service and scenic views, across the heritage Chinatown area juxtaposed against the central business district. Perfect for the after work drink and night cap with friends and clients alike. Beautiful cocktails, beautiful music, beautiful views – the place to be and to be seen!
With Singapore as the backdrop, Unravel presents a series of real-life escape rooms, inspired by local urban legends and iconic landmarks. Woven together with a compelling storyline, Unravel puts you in the shoes of a team of private detectives, working together with the main protagonist, Kai, as he embarks on a journey to crack some of the most baffling mysteries.
Consisting of four unique experiences, you have the opportunity to take the road down memory lane with rooms themed after the former Changi Hospital, the old Ford Factory at Bukit Timah, the classic Dragon playground and the now defunct Fort Pasir Panjang. Whilst immersed in these settings, you will have to rely on a combination of wits, lateral thinking, courage and teamwork to solve a series of puzzles and unravel the secrets behind each story in order to escape from the locked room within 60 minutes.
Conceptualized by a team of Singaporeans looking to take real-life escape rooms to the next level, Unravel features original, exciting content and in a first for escape rooms in Singapore, a competitive gameplay element where teams can strategize against one another as they attempt to escape in the fastest time possible.
Providing a hint of nostalgia, a 14 metre long mural wall with landmarks from the yesteryears of Singapore lines Unravel’s store front and gives a chronological narration of Singapore’s colorful past. Key highlights include the now-demolished National Theatre, Capitol Theatre and Har Par Villa.
The Projector is a new independent cinema offering a good selection of curated films.
They have got 2 cinema screens; the first one being more formal, the second one introduces a whole new experience through design.
A dynamic alternative to the common cineplex, The Projector revives a historic movie theatre as an independent creative platform that brings together the best of films, one-of-a-kind events, versatile spaces and delectable fare. Brought to life by a collaborative partnership between Pocket Projects, FARM, and Group Therapy, The Projector is not your average cinema.