SINGAPORE — Singapore’s best known arthouse theater, The Picturehouse, made a return to business March 23 as part of the newly-renovated Cathay Cineplex. Building’s lengthy and expensive overhaul took over 5 years at a cost of over $60 million.
Now an 82-seater boasting luxury seating, Picturehouse originally opened in 1990 as a 220-seater in stand-alone building next door.
Released in 1939, same year as opening of the original Cathay building, “Gone with the Wind” was the chosen pic for opening gala. Other titles in Picturehouse’s opening festival are contempo art pics “Invisible Waves,” “Three Times” and “U Carmen eKhayelitsha.”
Cathay Cineplex includes nostalgic touches including a gallery showcasing the cinema’s history, a memorabilia shop and the kacang putih man selling peanuts wrapped in paper cones.