Quality Hotel Marlow
201 Balestier Road
Phone: (65) 63 559988
Fax: (65) 62 550998
201 Balestier Road, Singapore, SG, 329926
- 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 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.
The Singapore Press Holdings Auditorium or the SPH Auditorium, is a cozy theatre with 180 seats (20 removable), and was built as part of the renovation and refurbishing of the Young Musicians Society (YMS) Arts Centre. Operational since 1997, it is housed in what was once a group of shop houses. The quaint, rustic charm of the shop houses remains on the façade of the center, which has under its wings the Singapore Youth Choir and Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra. Along with the auditorium is the APBF Choral Studio, 3 music studios, a library and offices. Killiney Kopitiam at the ground floor serves freshly brewed coffee and tea, French Toast, fresh kaya made daily and more for those before and after performances when the hungry and the dried-up throats hanker for relief.
Adjacent to Fort Canning Park, the Drama Theatre Centre is on the third floor of the National Library. The 615 seat theater is designed with performance needs exclusively in mind, and encompasses the main theater, a 120 seat black box theater and several conference rooms.