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Featuring Singapore's first and only IMAX's system at the Lido Cineplex. With 11 halls, Shaw Theatres has simply outdone itself with the quality of it's cinemas. the IMAX hall is simply huge, and is more often full-house than not.
While the tickets for IMAX movies are quite pricey, it can be considered quite an experience. The floor-to-ceiling screen offers only the best in quality viewing. Coupled with the bass booming through the entire hall, be prepared for a mind-blowing experience.
With a host of dining options available nearby, a visit to Shaw Lido is a definitely worth a visit.
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Shaw Theatres is quite possibly the only decent competitor to the cinema base that Golden Village has constructed over the years. Although Mr Howard Shaw has brought some notoriety to the Shaw brand, there is no denying that they are a powerhouse in the cinema business.
The Lido cineplex is one heck of an experience. If you haven't watched a movie in the iMax hall, do so quick! Everything seemed magnified in there, from the graphics, to the sound, to even the seats. I was watching Harry Potter 7 part 1 there, and there was a scene where the snake rushed towards the camera. I am an avid movie-goer, but even I was taken aback by the sound effects.
Note, iMax tickets are expensive. But for those of us who are content with normal tickets, it is a great place to go catch a movie as well.
Given that the favourite Singaporean pastime, well other than shopping and eating, is watching movies, it is no wonder that the cinemas in Singapore are always filled with people. However, the cinemas here pale in comparison to those in, let's say, the United States.
Shaw is just another mediocre and middling-at-best cinema here in Singapore. However, it sure will do fine for movie junkies. With an ace sound system and comfortable seats, it provides a fine experience for moviegoers.
This nugget of information may be inappropriate and well, slightly illegal, but Shaw is fantastic for sneaking into movies that you're not supposed to watch. Just a heads up.
Not a theatre to be left out
Shaw theatres pretty much dominated much of my secondary school life 4-6 years ago. If any of you remembered, there is one branch located at Jurong Entertainment Centre. (now known as JCube) Movie tickets are ridiculously inexpensive and the seats are so comfortable. I remembered times when my friends and I were tired from studying at the nearby Jurong Regional Library and simply watch a movie to end the day on a good note. The drinks not to mention are super valued for money as the large size is really huge at just $2.80.
Shaw theatres are also scattered in heartland malls such as Lot1 and Nex and this actually bumps up Shaw's popularity with students and locals who lived nearby these malls. One does not have to dress up and travel to faraway theatres in the Central area just to have a casual meet-up and watch a movie.
However, Shaw's movie listings tend to last shorter in the heartland malls than in the central area such as Lido. Furthermore, current movie listings usually do not cater their screening timings to night owls other than in the central area. This usually proves to be a problem when friends want to chill out at a later timing but finding no activities to engage in near their homes.
From old times till now!
When I was a kid, I would frequent Shaw theatres at Hougang Plaza for movies with my family members, back when the posters outside the theatre were B&W paper or just the logo pasted in front of the door. A main reason was because my grandfather worked as an usher there (it's closed down today), and because it was extremely convenient for us to go to that cinema.
Today, Shaw pretty much lives up to modern expectations of a cinema. I especially like the interior design of the outlet at nex; it looks so posh, and I don't know why but I tend to get a futuristic vibe when I am walking through the corridors.
Offering a couple of good movie deals, such as student prices and other credit card promos, Shaw is easily a competitor against Cathay and Golden Village. Shaw Lido is also a place that tends to run special events like movie marathons and special/limited screnings, and so on.
Although I no longer frequent Shaw theatres like I used to in my childhood, I still go to certain outlets for movies every now and then, and whenever I do, I will always remember the good times back then... Good times, good times...
Best cineplex around town
Situated merely a few minutes' walk away from Orchard MRT, Shaw Lido is definitely a convenient place to watch movies on the big-screen whenever I am in town.
With its extensive number of theatres, Shaw Lido screens several movies, even ones that are no longer screening in other cineplexes. As such, I always return to Shaw Lido whenever I am interested in watching a film that other cineplexes no longer screen as I am always pretty confident that Shaw Lido will be screening it.
The Shaw Lido cineplex also has numerous plush seats located outside of the theatres, a feature that several cineplexes clearly lack, as I personally find it a pain to have to lurk around in the cineplex and not being able to enter the theatre when I am too early for a movie screening. The cineplex also provides an extensive range of movie snacks as compared to other local cineplexes, hence making each movie experience at Shaw Lido a very unique one.
However, the theatres can get a little too packed on weekends or public holidays, so if you're keen on catching a movie at Shaw Lido cineplex, be sure to book your tickets first or buy your movie tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Ugly Duckling To Swan
The matronly Lido cineplex at Shaw House on Orchard Road has undergone extensive plastic surgery. The old girl really needed it too. The surgeon’s scalpel has sliced away the tacky mural and worn fixtures. Junk food takeaway counters McDonalds and KFC have been siphoned off by liposuction.
With the fast food and wooden park benches gone, the riff raff hanging around the waiting area have disappeared too. Good riddance. It is now so much more pleasant and less crowded.
The food and beverage tenants are a lot classier now, with a pizza takeaway counter and a Canele café in place of unbranded bubble tea and Long John Silver. With the new improved tenant mix and sleek décor as well as the addition of an IMAX where the largest cinema screen used to be, Lido has upped the ante for cineplexes in Singapore.
Think it was about time that Shaw undergoes a major renovation. From the dull, old place it once was just months back, it is now a swanky new cinema and I love its IMAX theatre ! Queues are seemingly less too compared to the other cineplexes.
I personally find that it is a different experience as the whole level now belongs to Shaw as compared to before with KFC and Pasta Mania etc around. It is now more "high-class" and the movie experience is more complete.
On certain days near the box office there will be a counter that promotes their new movies and recently there were a few "ghosts" that were there for their horror movie premiere.
Revamped into modern and classy theatre.
I am a huge fan of Shaw Theatres since young. It is a great hit for me due to its location (1min walk from Orchard MRT) and they used to have fast food restaurants beside the theatre for those looking for a quick fix.
After the renovation works are completed, I was pleasantly surprised to see that this theatre has changed for the better. The ticketing counter is conveniently located in front of the entrance (unlike its predecessor where we have to turn countless number of corners before reaching there) and it is definitely more spacious. Its red/black colour theme gives it a very modern and chic look and it makes you feel like you are heading to a high class society gathering.
The food there is ordinary though, the popcorn is not as great as Cathay's but the service staff is friendly and efficient. Coming to the cinema, I was enthralled to sit in one of the largest theatres in Singapore. The screen is large enough for people at the back to enjoy themselves. The seats are very spacious and I do appreciate it being a large person. However, I do miss the old cushioned seats as it is springy but we have to make do with the harder, leather seats for now.
In conclusion, definitely one of Singapore's finest cinemas and with its revamped look, going to the movies has certainly turned up to a notch.
Shaw survives on nostalgia
Shaw is a very nostalgic place.
Say what you want about improved GV cinemas with their big seats and ear-deafening sounds but I'll come home to Shaw at West Mall.
I like the feel of the old, still cushion bound seats. It has none of the slickness of its leather bounded peers, but it is comfort with tinges of home. The movie screen is admittedly small, nothing comparable to other cinemas, but it’s enough to screen just as well.
Perhaps this is not the best place to catch the latest blockbuster or the newest thriller, this is the best place to catch a late night romance show or a light-hearted and possibly stereotypical comedy. But always, it’s a place for anyone who adores the heart lands over town and misses their old, vintage-sque cinemas.
Go with a loved one, it'd be a charming cinematic experience.
I miss the old Shaw!
I really do miss the old Shaw theatres - or maybe its because of all my fond memories that are associated with it. The revamped theatre is brighter and less cluttered. However, there are also much less dining options. You are now limited to a cafe and 2 snack stalls. The food sold there is pricey.
My movie experience there is generally satisfactory. The seats are plushy and comfortable, which a high backing so you dont get neck/backaches. There is more than enough leg room and arm room. The movies usually start on time or 5mins after due to the trailers being showed.
As for the service, I have encountered my fair share of good and bad service. Thus I believe it boils down to the worker's working attitude and not the company's culture.