Good news for film enthusiasts – cinemas have finally reopened their doors, starting from July 13. But not without implementing safety guidelines including safe distancing measures and capping the number of customers per hall to a maximum of 50.
It's been three months since cinemas islandwide were forced to go dark on March 26 as part of the circuit breaker measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. And due to the global crisis, many major film studios have pushed back their biggest releases as cinemas closed, attendance dropped and mass gatherings are advised against. Hence, the cancelling of film festivals and events too.
However, things are starting to look up as restaurants, shops and attractions resume operations as part of Phase 2 of Singapore's reopening plans which began on June 19. And from today onwards, film buffs can look forward to snapping up tickets to watch the remakes, sequels, prequels, and originals that you've missed at selected cinemas.
Which cinemas are open?
While not all cinemas reopen today, Golden Village, Cathay Cineplex, Shaw Theatres, Filmgarde, WE Cinemas, Eaglewing Cinematics, Carnival Cinemas, The Projector, and Salt Media@Capital Tower are ready to receive film lovers this week. Find out which alternative and independent cinemas suit you best in our cinema guide.
Do I have to go alone?
You don't have to go solo. According to Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), friends and families of up to five may sit together in cinemas without having to adhere to the one-metre safe distancing requirement. Looks like date night at the movies is back on track for lovebirds.
What are the safety guidelines to follow?
Besides complying with the one-metre safe distancing requirement between different groups (or individuals if you've decided to go solo), all patrons will have to wear a mask at all times, even inside the cinema hall – with the exception of consuming your popcorn and drink. High touchpoints including seats, door handles, and cup holders are to be wiped down and disinfected regularly throughout the day in between each screening.
What films are showing?
Unlike the pre-circuit breaker, the number of screenings has been reduced from 48 to 20 a day to lower operational costs, as well as to provide better traffic management and longer disinfecting sessions.
While the premiere of highly-anticipated films such as the live-action remake of Mulan, the sequel to A Quiet Place, and the latest Bond installment No Time To Die are delayed, film lovers can grab some popcorn for new releases including Escape from Pretoria, limited screenings of blockbuster re-releases such as 1917 and The Lighthouse, and a 10-anniversary celebration of Inception at The Projector. The Projector is also hosting an exclusive A24 showcase from July 15 to 22, featuring titles like the cult hit Midsommar, Oscar-nominated Lady Bird, and Oscar-winning Moonlight.
For a full list of film releases and showcases, check out our movie guide.