Movie ticket prices have been increasing in Singapore. There are plenty of free streaming sites on the web (but watch out, as some of them are shady). Though sometimes it’s nice to have that “movie-going experience” and watch a film on a big screen with surround sound. Since I don’t own a television, just about any big screen beats watching movies on my laptop. Thankfully in Singapore, there are several places where you and your family can enjoy a free movie screening.
Places with Free Movie Screenings
1. City Square Mall – They are first on my list because their screening is tonight (11 April, 8pm) and they will be showing the move “Rio”. They have free screenings once a month on Fridays at the Fountain Square at Level B1. The movies they choose tend to be those appropriate for a younger audience.
2. DBS Movies by the Bay – Enjoy movies under the stars and amidst the picturesque backdrop of the bay. The screenings are twice a month (Friday and Saturday) by the MBS Shoppes. The “pre-movie fun” starts at 7pm and the screening at 7:30pm. If you register for this event via Facebook and you are among the first 50, you can download a coupon for free popcorn. There will also be other snacks for sale onsite (but you could always just bring your own). Registration, however, is not required for attendance.
3. The Art House. If you enjoy independent and avant-garde films, the Art House is for you. Some of their screenings include free admission by registration, while others are chargeable.
4. The Singapore Film Society. As a member or volunteer with the Singapore Film Society, you can go to their free screenings at GV Marina on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. On those days, you will have a choice between 2 films with both starting at 9pm. Membership also includes other benefits and is available for purchase at the door.
5. The Substation. As Singapore’s first independent contemporary arts centre, the Substation offers courses, lectures, concerts, performances, and film screenings. They also host the Singapore Short Film Festival, which is in its 5th year. A calendar of their events can be found here.
6. Changi Airport. If you are a ticketed passenger, you can enjoy free movies of different genres at Terminal 3 or the latest movie screenings on the Fox Movies Premium Channel at Terminal 2. This is a great way to pass time if your flight gets delayed or if you have a red-eye flight and will be taking public transport to get to/from the airport.
Where to Get Discount Box-Office Movie Tickets
Of course, if your desire is to catch the latest box-office films, then you’ll have to buy a ticket. But if you plan your visit, you can save a lot of money, as different cinemas have different ticket prices depending on the day, the time, the film, your age, as well as any other promotions they are currently running.
To help you find the cheapest tickets, here is an easy-to-use chart summarising the various promotions at Singapore cinema chains.