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201 Balestier Road
Phone: (65) 63 559988
Fax: (65) 62 550998
Located within a shopping complex which houses a games arcade, food outlets, shops and a supermarket, Balestier Cineplex boasts of six screens which feature Mandarin films, as well as more mainstream Hollywood fare. There is wheelchair access to all six cinema halls, which are equipped with special seats for the handicapped. A concession stand provides the essential snacks and drinks.
Jalan Besar Stadium is considered the birthplace of football in Singapore - or "soccer" as Americans know it. A stadium has stood in this spot since 1932, but the one that currently stands is a modern replacement that opened in 2003. Jalan Besar Stadium is the home of the Young Lions - Singapore’s under-23 men’s football team - and has a seating capacity of 6000. It is a FIFA-approved turf and the most popular venue for professional football matches. The stadium is part of the Jalan Besar Sports and Recreation Centre, which also has a swimming complex.
The Alliance Française Theatre or the AF Theatre promotes French art. The Alliance Française occasionally sponsors a number of performances, film screenings and exhibitions over the course of the year. Exuding a cozy ambiance, AF Theatre is a popular venue for many local performances. The 236-seater auditorium is neither too small nor too big. In addition, its Le Proquet Cafe serves French cuisine, so bon appétit for both visitors and performers!
The Alliance opened its doors in 194 to promote French language learning and cultural exchange. Comprising a theater, cafe, school, library and exhibition space, the Alliance is the place to go for all things French. With a mission to support emerging arts, there is always something unique and worth seeing going on at the Alliance. Contact them for boking and check website for more details.
The ACT 3 International is a theater specially for kids. The hall is built to seat around 200 children on cushions arranged in a somewhat elongated circle on the floor around the acting area. It is a flexible arrangement with possibilities limited only by the kind of play and stage design. Here, performers can even mingle and interact with the audience. ACT 3 Theater is situated within the compound of Cairnhill Art Center which also houses several theater groups. The Center was the original building for the Anglo-Chinese School. The building that currently houses the theater was formerly the school chapel.
Promoting the local, the independent, and the experimental, Sinema Old School is a unique space to see the unusual and the emerging. It is a movie theater organized and run by people in the industry. Evenings are often organized around a theme (love, crime, action). Not to be missed are Sinema's short film menageries. If you want to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster, this is not the place to come. For viewing the original and quirky, you would enjoy the treats inside Sinema Old School.
The center for various organizations which specialize in different art forms, the Aliwal Arts Centre is a multidisciplinary center for art. Art groups, creative businesses and food and beverage centers all find their home withing the premises of this venue. There are quite a few rental spaces here including a performance space, multipurpose rooms, music studios, storage rooms, and a shared office with seventeen (17) cubicles. The performance space is home to several concerts and events and is open to the public.
The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts was first established in 1938 under tremendous pressure from the government as co-educational schools for those above 12 were strictly prohibited. The management persisted and got the required permission however, the 1941 Sino-Japanese War led to closure of the school after one of its teachers was killed. Since then this academy has not looked back, and has proved itself in Singapore's art scene. Design, music, dance and drama are also well-represented so check website for details on admissions and any upcoming events.
Taking up the entire floor, this multiplex's lobby area is refreshingly bright and airy, dotted with specially commissioned paintings and metal sculptures of movie stars like Will Smith and Tom Cruise. It can get crowded though, especially on weekends. The 10 halls of the Golden Village Plaza boast of wall-to-wall screens, multi format digital sound, and stadium seating. Seats come with movable armrests and are easily converted into "love seats". You can find a concession stand and a "self-serve" candy bar here-the pick-and-mix kind. Screens mainstream films and blockbusters. Call 1900 912 1234 for tickets.
A single-screen cinema originally built to cater to an increasingly mature and discerning movie audience. The Picturehouse continues to feature art house and foreign language films although it also screens more mainstream fare. Voted Best Overall Screen (it tied with Orchard Cineplex's Hall 3) by a local newspaper, it seats close to 300 people. Not wheelchair accessible, however, thanks to two long flights of stairs. For refreshments, there is a fast food outlet and a kiosk which serves local food. More snacks can be found at next door Cathay cinema.
Marked by the Heritage Board as a historic site, The Cathay Cineplex was once the British Malaya Broadcasting Corporation and (during World War II) the headquarters for the Japanese Propaganda Department. The first cinema to be air-conditioned, it is now a 3-screen cineplex which shows mainstream English movies and the occasional Indian movie; highly popular since Little India is only down the road. Instead of popcorn, a kiosk sells sugared peanuts, steamed chickpeas, salted broad beans and prawn crackers, which are popular with local movie-goers.
Housed within a 19th-century convent building at the heart of the city's cultural center, the National Design Centre is a fabulous venue where designers, businesses and the general public can interact with one another. The historic building that houses the center has been beautifully restored and re-purposed so as to create a space that is open an inviting; an excellent example of brilliant design in itself. The centre offers designers an opportunity to meet and share ideas, as well as to benefit from the guidance and assistance of the DesignSingapore Council. The National Design Centre hosts a variety of exhibitions, workshops, classes and programs that open to all. Visitors are welcome to explore the centre freely and browse through the galleries. Keep an eye on the centre's website for updates on upcoming events.