Local indie movie fans shed celluloid tears when one of their favourite haunts, Sinema Old School closed its doors at Mount Sophia's hip creative arts enclave Old School, the site of the former Methodist Girls' School to make way for a residential development under the Urban Redevelopment Authority's 2008 Master Plan.
But like good sequels, Sinema will be back.
In conjunction with Golden Village (GV), Sinema will be screening its indie films at GV Grand located in the heart of town, Great World City.
For the past 5 years, Sinema has been a platform for young and aspiring Singapore film makers to showcase their works.
The indie cinema hall which began operating at its current site of Old School on Mount Sophia in 2007, held its last screening in December last year.
Sinema noticed an increase in patronage during its final week of movie screenings before curtain call. The theatre which saw a full house for most of its Saturday shows promises its fans that not all hope is lost.
Film buffs will be happy to know that from September 2012, GV Grand will set aside a dedicated four-hour time slot from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, for Sinema’s regular programmed screenings.
Sinema fans can look forward to a diverse range of local feature films as well as the works of talented foreign directors every first and third Wednesday of the month.
The independent movie theatre is known to have been a popular haven for film enthusiasts due to its unique assortment of film festivals and art-house fare.
The main aim of the collaboration between Sinema and GV is to promote and further grow the local creative film industry.
“We are pleased to lend our support and provide a venue where film lovers can continue to enjoy Sinema’s programming,” said the Chief Executive Officer of Golden Village, Kurt Rieder.
“With the addition of Sinema’s alternative content to our movie offerings, we aim to provide a different experience to those who seek variety in a more accessible location,” he added.
Agreeing with Mr Reider that GV Grand would be a prime location for Sinema to immigrate, co-founder of Sinema, Nicholas Chee said: “The high foot traffic of the centrally-located GV Grand will make it more accessible for indie films lovers to catch Sinema’s programming.
“We hope to drive higher levels of awareness and patronage among the local movie watching community to the line-up of films we will be showcasing at the new location.”
‘Sinema’s Short Films Programmed Screenings | GV Grand, Hall 2, Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #03-39/40 | 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, beginning September 2012 onwards | From 6.30pm to 10.30pm | Tickets can be purchased via GV’s website’