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Service that touches your heart
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
Eng Wah has hardly had fans in the younger generation when it comes to watching movies. It was a pity that we missed out on this great cineplex. I went to the Bugis branch which has since closed down, last year.

It was an experience which opened my eyes to the belief of great service. And mind you, it was the elderly workers that served us after the movie. Firstly, the seats were albeit a little old, but it still worked well and comfy. The theatre was deadly quiet and vacant which only fueled my enthusiam in the movie with my friend because of the belief that it would be quieter with less disruptions.

Sound system was great and the bass was good making the entire movie clear enjoyable without killing my ears. The screen was albeit a little older looking, it still worked fine and wasnt as glaring as it was in the newer cineplexes. What touched me was the elderly workers that greeted us before we entered and after we left the theatre. The sweet tender smiles and offerings to help us dispose of our tickets and rubbish we brought in only made my heart melt.

It is a waste that Eng Wah is fast dwindling in Singapore, with such great service from the heart perhaps it would be better they could work on the physical aspects to build its reputation once again.

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Average Spent:
8
Best Part:
service
Branch Location:
Bugis
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
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Probably only for the couples..
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
My friend brought me to the Eng Wah Cineplex at Suntec once, and I have to say, I have never seen a cineplex quite as empty as that particular one.

I don't think Eng Wah deserves such sparse attention though. The seats are comfortably cushioned, with enough leg room for even the taller folks. The ambience of the cineplex is average - nothing too fancy, but not exactly romantic either. In fact, everything about Eng Wah is comparable to that of cineplex giants like Golden Village and Cathay, but perhaps the lack of attention that Eng Wah receives can be attributed to the awkward locations that the cineplexes are situated at. The Eng Wah cineplex at Suntec was absolutely out of the way. In fact, it was so difficult to find that someone who hadn't been there before, would have quite a lot of trouble finding the cineplex, which happens to be tucked away at a quiet corner.

That said, I do feel that Eng Wah would probably make quite a good dating spot for couples. The last time I was at Eng Wah, my friend and I were the sole customers in the entire cinema, and I thank god that we weren't watching a horror flick.

As for prices, I believe that Eng Wah is probably more worth the money than Golden Village. Although the ticket stubs are made of flimsy glossed paper, I can only say that Golden Village uses that sort of paper for its tickets as well, and the tickets at Eng Wah are definitely cheaper.

Locals really ought to start giving Eng Wah a chance. It's not as bad or run-down as it seems, and is definitely worth the visit.

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Branch Location:
Suntec City
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
R
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Average, good for gatherings.
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Value 
 
3.0
Service 
 
4.0
Quality 
 
3.0
Satisfaction 
 
3.5
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
As many new cinemas gain popularity among youths, Eng Wah is somewhat forsaken.

The first reason may be the cinema facilities itself. Seats are average, but they get hot after about 1 hour, which makes it uncomfortable for the viewers. The sound system works well, but gets distorted at higher volumes, making it hard to hear.

Popcorn is slightly below average, and lacks some taste and crunch to it.

However, the good thing is that there is no crowd, and you do not have to queue up to get movie tickets or food and drinks. This would be great for those who often watch movies in a group, or those having a class gathering.

Service is great, though. Most of the staff are from the older generation, and they treat their customers with respect, unlike other cinemas, where some staff treat customers rudely. This really shows a lot about the younger generation these days. Because of this, I feel sorry that Eng Wah is losing its popularity, and I would dread the day that Eng Wah closes down.

If they continue to leave their cinemas in their current state, they would be sure to lose business. Some maintenance would really boost their popularity, especially with their current service.

I'm torn between recommend it, but I have to be objective and judge it based on its facilities.

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Average Spent:
10
Best Part:
Service
Branch Location:
Toa Payoh
Recommend to a friend:
No
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How much you pay is how much you get
(Updated: May 12, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
2.5
Value 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.0
Quality 
 
2.5
Satisfaction 
 
2.5
Overall Rating 
 
2.5
Eng Wah Cinema is one I rarely go to. My review will be largely negative as I am very picky about cinemas. Since I’m paying a price to watch the movie (once), I strongly feel that the experience should be great, if not it will be better to just purchase the DVD and watch it at home. Although it is relatively cheaper than other cinemas, the comfort and quality of a cinematic experience is sacrificed.

The seats have little padding, the back of the seat is very low and there’s no head/neck rest. I would say the sound system and quality is just average. Furthermore, the transitions from the advertisement to the movie can be seen. The snack bar has a wide variety, but I never tried it. It just doesn’t look appealing to me.

The only reason why I would go to Eng Wah Cinema is because it is easy to get seats there, even if it is last minute. All in all, this cinema has cheap tickets but I would not recommend it unless you’re looking for something cheap, or you are not bothered by the experience in the cinema.
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Elderly ushers FTW!
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Value 
 
5.0
Service 
 
5.0
Quality 
 
3.0
Satisfaction 
 
4.0
Overall Rating 
 
4.5
Back before their East Point Branch closes, I used to visit them whenever I need my movie fix. Admittedly, GV, Shaw, Cathay, the big names in cinemas today do provide better facilities and an overall better movie experience. But I'm not picky when it comes to such things. I came to watch a movie so as long as I get to watch it, I'm a happy man. Plus the fact that I'm more of an underdog supporter kinda guy, you know, rebel against the establishment, hold protest rallies, stand in front of a Chinese tank, that sort of thing.

Personally, I feel that the smiles of the elderly ushers are welcoming and sincere, marking a great start to any cinematic experience. I also don't think that Eng Wah is gonna die off anytime soon as long as they've still got their Suntec branch. I mean come on, it's Suntec City! Where's the nearest place to go for a movie to de-stress after fighting through the crowds of SITEX?

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Yes
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great for value!
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Quality 
 
2.5
Satisfaction 
 
3.0
Overall Rating 
 
4.0
Eng Wah offers student prices at around $6 and elderly prices at only $4! Being a neighbour-hood cinema also means that there is a reduced probability of worrying about your desired seats and timings being taken up by others. I frequent Eng Wah a lot due to its cheap student prices 5 days a week. Golden Village only has it 3 days a week.

Ticket stubs are in paper form instead of sturdier ones used in Golden Village but that's okay, I'm there for the movie, not the stubs. I did not purchase any popcorn or nachos as I was already late for the movie. The candy bar looks quite empty though. When I stepped into the cinema, it definitely did not feel as comfortable as other higher-priced cinemas. It was filled with basic padded chairs and a screen that doesn't look as HD as other cinemas. It even had a slight unoffensive smell, not sure what that smell is but your nose would get used to it about 10 minutes later.

The movie played was smooth-flowing with acceptable sounds from their stereo systems. It was average, but for the price I paid for, I am really not complaining. At least I finished watching the movie at ease and enjoyed my show with no external distractions. If you have nothing to do on an afternoon, why not head down to this cinema to enjoy a good afternoon show at a low price?

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Average Spent:
6
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
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Frequent movie theatre!
(Updated: January 11, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Service 
 
5.0
Quality 
 
4.0
Satisfaction 
 
4.0
Overall Rating 
 
4.0
Though it isn't as popular as compared to the rest of the cinemas. I would say Eng Wah-West Mall is the theatre I frequent most when I'm young! It is just blocks away and there is always available seating, never have to worry for the queue or crowd.

I am quite satisfied with the overall ambience such as the seating and movie quality. At least, I would say it is still a decent cinema! Eng Wah is comparatively the first company that comes up with indoor movie theatre in Singapore. I am quite disappointed that they didn’t maintain it and letting it go down to drain.

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Yes
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Only For Events...?
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
I have only been to Eng Wah at Suntec City once, that's it, and it was for a school movie event.

For the event, they had a VIP corner for the event, where the buffet was placed. It was the strangest timing though as during that time, it was the fasting month and my Muslim friends could not eat till the movie started... (-_-) Well, I did feel like a 'VIP' for a fresh few minutes, but shortly after I got out of there to sit with my friends just outside, where it was more spacious to sit on the ground.

As for the movie, contrary to most of the reviews, I found the sound and display to be pretty good. Maybe it was 'cuz it was a school event that they decided to better their standards, but, first and only time so far, my movie experience at Eng Wah was pretty good. Popcorn was pretty stale though, ugh.

Having mentioned some of the plus points, I do not ever think I will go to Eng Wah for a casual/random movie outing. Strictly only for school movie events for me, hehe.

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Branch Location:
Suntec City
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I will always feel comfortable
(Updated: November 20, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Value 
 
5.0
Service 
 
3.0
Quality 
 
4.0
Satisfaction 
 
4.0
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
When people talk about watching movies, Eng Hwa is the poor soul who gets left out amidst other cineplexes such as the Golden Village, Shaw and the Cathay. Of course, Eng Hwa cannot compare to these high-class cineplexes in terms of quality and quantity of movie screenings. Having distinctly established that Eng Hwa cannot compare to other cineplexes in terms of quality, we shall look at the beauty of Eng Hwa in other ways.

I will touch on the branch situated in West Mall. The ticket pricing is inexpensive and so affordable even during the weekend. Whenever my friends and I fail to come up with a plan to meetup, coming to West Mall is by default our backup plan. The beauty of this cineplex is that there will never be a lack of seats to any movie of our choosing because everyone else thinks that this theatre is fairly crap. (you guys thought wrong man)

The quality of the movies at Eng Hwa might not impress the "full-of-expectations" but it certainly does suffice for me. I mean, come on, the sound effects are superb and the picture quality does not feel "webcam-ish". What more can we ask for, the tickets are cheap!

Just very recently my friends and I fell back on our backup plan and found out that Eng Hwa at West Mall is closed... (not sure for renovation or for bad) you cannot imagine the anguish we felt. Like lost sheeps we stare at each other wondering where to go next. The nearest cinema is at JCube which is so... soooo... far.

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Yes
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The most maginalised cinema
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
The last time I visited Eng Wah was a matter of years, not months nor days. In the cinematic industry in Singapore, dominated mostly by Shaw, Golden Village and Cathay, there is little room for potential cinemas to operate. I remembered a time, many years ago when I visited Jubilee in Ang Mon Kio to watch a movie, the experience was memorable and fun, for the movie was awesome and I had a good time with my family.

However, over the years, Eng Wah lost steam and closed down, I remembered receiving an Eng Wah movie voucher a few years back, but when I first went to Jubilee, I was confronted with a scene of a closed down Eng Wah. They were taking down the cinema where I had plenty of fond memories apart. Then, I went to Toa Payoh, the same scene was happening. It seems that a friendly giant, once taken for granted, was no more
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