Maybe you’re a film buff wondering why the films they show at film festivals never appear in cinemas here. Or maybe you’re an old soul, longing for the days of silent movies and Audrey Hepburn. Or maybe you just want to watch a good movie.
Tucked away in Golden Mile Tower, The Projector is a hidden gem. Given a new lease of life, two of Golden Theatres’ cinemas are now fully refurbished and a hipster-certified hangout. Even if you’re just a regular moviegoer, it’s an experience beyond traditional multiplexes.
Some history behind the cinema: The Golden Mile Theatres used to show the latest flicks in its heyday, but it lost out to newer cinemas over time, playing host to adult films and Bollywood hits in the 90s.
It’s not easy getting to The Projector and most people I know are hesitant to try something unusual, but fear not! I was happy being the sacrificial lamb and I found the experience pretty darn special.
Note that not all buses that go to Keypoint Bldg stop at St. John HQ!
The nearest station is Nicoll Highway, or you can take the bus to Nicoll Highway Stn
Enter the main lobby of Golden Mile Tower. If you look to your right, there’s a lift lobby. The Projector is on level 5.
The cinema foyer is far from the plush carpets of traditional cinemas. It’s got a clean, minimalist look, with distinctly DIY-ed furniture.
The Cut movie trailer, coming soon to The Projector
I had the impression that The Projector only showed indie movies, but it’s more like a place to showcase the classics – from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to foreign language films to the best of film festivals. They’re currently featuring the Coen Brothers, of The Big Lebowski and Fargo fame.
And you heard it here first: the curator is currently selecting the best horror films for a showcase AND there will be a Wes Anderson special in the future!
No visit is complete without a requisite picture of their iconic spiral staircase. Pictures of it have popped up everywhere on Instagram. You can’t miss it – it’s on the opposite end of the lobby from the lifts.The white circles are newly installed lights hanging from the ceiling, making for an interesting shot… if you don’t mind dangling your phone or camera over the railing.
After wandering around the cinema, I watched the 6.50pm screening of Raising Arizona in the Redrum. It was a Tuesday night and there were only seven of us in the theatre.
The movie was hilarious. The screen was huge. The sound system was great. Nobody blocked my view. And best of all, I didn’t fall asleep.
Address: #05-00, Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road, Singapore 199589
Ticket Prices: $13 for adults, $11 for students and senior citizens
As Michelle from The Projector tells me, it’s not so much an arthouse cinema, but an alternative space where people can enjoy watching movies. Unlike commercial cinemas, The Projector is run by people who love film – you have the assurance that every movie is carefully curated and most importantly, a good movie.
It’s not just for hipsters! It’s everyone’s cup of tea: 13 bucks for a huge screen, a good movie and beanbags? YES PLEASE.
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