|Enjoying Singapore: Going to the Movies in Singapore|
What better way to escape the heat and humidity on a Sunday afternoon then to duck into one of the dozens of cinemas in Singapore? It really is no wonder that movie-going is the number one past-time here - for around $7, you get the latest Hollywood blockbuster, air-conditioning, comfortable seats (sometimes), state-of-the-art digital "surround" sound, as well as a crash course on all the latest variations of cellular phone ringing tones. Yes, going to the movies here is likely to be a vastly different experience from where you come from. Keep reading and you'll find out why...
Watching a movie, Singapore style...
Terrified yet? If you're still undaunted, read on...
Some quick facts:
Tickets cost around S$7. Some "up-market" cinemas like the Picture House charge a dollar more. The most luxuriest cinema has to be the Golden Village "Gold Class" cinema at Great World City. For $25 a ticket, you get a humongous reclining armchair, lots of room and waiters serving you fine food and drink.
Seating is assigned when you buy the ticket. Forget about last minute ticket-buying, especially for weekend shows. You're likely to end up looking at the screen at a 45 degree angle.
Orchard Cineplex was recently named by the Straits Times as the best cinema in Singapore.
Movies with adult themes are rated R(A). You have to be 21 and above to watch an R(A) movie.
Most cinemas don't allow hot drinks like coffee or tea, and some even insist you buy snacks and drinks from the cinema foyer.
Some cinemas like Lido and Orchard are actually cineplexes, housing up to 10 screens showing different movies.
Singapore has the highest movie-going rate in the world. On an average, a Singaporean goes to the movies 8 times a year.
List of popular cinemas:
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