There’re few places that exude character and creativity the way an independent arthouse cinema does.
Tucked on the fifth floor of the Golden Mile Tower is The Projector, an artsy, hipster-defining movie theatre that is fast becoming the new haunt for cinephiles who want an alternative movie experience.
While The Projector is relatively new, it actually has a storied past screening a multitude of films since way back in the 1970s. Building on near 50 years of history, The Projector continues to curate and screen a series of critically acclaimed movies, ranging from current mainstream films to cult classics of yesteryear.
Originally completed in 1973, the Golden Theatre (as it was once called), was the largest theatre in Singapore and Malaysia, and prior to its latest reincarnation as The Projector, underwent many phases throughout the years.
Starting out as a propaganda film house screening mainly communist-style films, the Golden Theatre began screening seedy adult films as the years went by and continued to show Chinese films up until the 1990s whereby it became known as a Bollywood film house.
It was in 2014 when the Golden Theatre was rebirthed into an independent cinema, screening cult classics, blockbusters, independent and foreign films.
It was the beginning of The Projector.
Five years on and The Projector has grown to become Singapore’s hip alternative cinema to the behemoths of Cathay, Golden Village, and Shaw.
A collaboration by creative development company Pocket Projects and design and architectural firm FARM, the Golden Theatre has been reimagined into the current iteration of The Projector.
If you take a broader lens, The Projector is part of the larger Singaporean project of revitalising the old and intermixing with the new, creating a mishmash of decades that has resulted in a rather informal and casual space.
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Film screening by SG’s prominent Filmmaker, Boo Junfeng . . 1970년대의 씨어터 건물을 그대로 복원하여 싱가폴에서 유일무이하게 인디 영화 및 아트, 비주류 영화를 상영해주는 더 프로젝터. (우리나라로 이야기하면 씨네큐브지만 분위기는 더 레트로) . . 건물도, 분위기도 허름하고 레트로한게 옛날 어릴적 영화관에 타임머신 타고 놀러온 느낌. 이 곳에서 싱가폴의 역사 및 지역 인종의 다양성, 섹슈얼리티 등에 대한 이야기를 주로 작품에 담는 부준펑 감독의 작품 세계에 대한 소개 및 필름 스크리닝 시간. 이솝이 싱가폴 인터내셔널 필름 페스티벌과 관계가 있고, 또 감독님도 그 곳의 보드 멤버인 것이 연이 닿아, 준비한 시간이었은데 각 아시아 프레스 손님분들이 뜨거운 반응 주셔서 다행.
The Projector retains all its old-world charm, with an art deco aesthetic and façade that should be nostalgic for anyone that once caught a flick or two at the old Golden Theatre.
The intermission bar foyer features a marquee lightbox displaying the various movie titles and its respective timings and a food counter with retro tiles that serve up old-school popcorn, snacks, and draught beer.
The original cinema doors continue to frame the entrance into the halls, and we liken it to a gateway back in time, especially if you’re passing through them to catch a classic like Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
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With 3 theatre halls – the Redrum, the Blue Room, and the Green Room – The Projector doubles up as more than just a cinema hall. The first two for example, have a stage that make it suited for hosting conferences, talks, presentations, and gigs. The Redrum even has beanbags for you to sprawl on, and I was sold from then on.
The Green Room features your typical cinema hall with the same flip-up chairs used in the original cinema halls of the Golden Theatre. If you’re afraid that the halls are old, don’t worry because they feature new projections systems and the seats have been upholstered.
The entire feel of The Projector is hipster is to the umpteenth degree, and any cinephile will have a field day just lounging in the intermission bar. If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air when it comes to your movie experience, or if you lament constantly on the lack of diversity and breadth of films in Singapore, The Projector might just rekindle your love for movies.