Asian Film Archive and Salt Media inaugurate two new cinemas in Singapore

Asian Film Archive and Salt Media inaugurate two new cinemas in Singapore

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Text: Aravin Sandran

Bored of the same old GV and Shaw theatres? Besides the hip-and-happening The Projector at Golden Mile Tower, cinephiles can now add two new cinemas to get their film fix this year.

This January, Singapore's CBD welcomes its very first cinema courtesy of Salt Media & Entertainment. In collaboration with CapitaLand, the 228-seater theatre is located along Robinson Road, on the ninth floor of the polished Capital Tower and counts financial corporations including GIC and JP Morgan Chase Bank as fellow tenants. Don't expect the next Marvel movie to be screening here though; the theatre is intent on bringing in inspirational and "positive-values" movies from around the world as well as movies that the firm itself has co-produced. Boasting a hi-res 4K laser projector and an impressive Dolby Surround 7.1 sound system, a couple of things are done differently here as well – all tickets are to be purchased online, and it only serves gourmet popcorn. Nothing but the best for CBD's suited up money-hungry bankers.


In other news, the Asian Film Archive (AFA) will reopen the Oldham Theatre at the revamped National Archives of Singapore Building on the edge of Fort Canning in mid-April. The theatre will be expanded from an intimate 44-seater to accommodate 135 seats. The AFA has plans to operate weekly screenings of Asian films in various formats from 35mm reels to 4K digital projections, with tickets priced between $8 and $13. The theatre will be inaugurated with a line-up of eight horror films including Orang Minyak (1958) to follow its Asian horror retrospective 'State of Motion' that's currently on view.

For more information regarding ticketing and line-up, check out Salt Media and Asian Film Archive.