Feb 11 2011

The Picturehouse: Singapore’s Art House Cinema

Published by at 10:43 pm under Art & culture

Singapore's one and only alternative cinema

Catching a movie is one of the best ways to beat the sticky heat of Singapore and a relatively affordable form of entertainment. Since English is the dominant language among Singapore’s youth, it’s the big American blockbusters that tend to dominate the silverscreens. But if Hollywood’s latest doesn’t appeal to you there is an alternative – The Picturehouse.

Operating since 1990, The Picturehouse was the first to bring art house and independent movies to Singapore. To this day it remains Singapore’s one and only alternative cinema. In addition to showing films that wouldn’t be a hit with your average movie-goer, it regularly hosts film festivals, workshops, and Q&A sessions with visiting directors like Todd Solondz.

The Picturehouse is located on the 6th floor of The Cathay Building alongside a mainstream movie theatre. Contributing to the cinema’s grown-up ambiance, the seats are Italian suede and snacks are banned from inside the theatre. If you do want a drink before the film, there’s a lounge with a full-service bar.

The Picturehouse only has one screen so features one film at a time for about 2 weeks. Don’t worry if the movie you plan to see isn’t in English – all foreign films are subtitled.

You can check the current line-up on The Picturehouse’s website and tickets can be purchased online or at the cinema. Ticket prices are S$7.50 Monday to Wednesday, S$8.50 Thursday, and S$10 on Friday night and weekends.  If you’re a student bring your ID card for a weekday discount.

The Picturehouse is located in The Cathay Building at 2 Handy Road, a short walk from the Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station.  T: 6235 1155, http://www.thepicturehouse.com.sg/

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