27 Mar - Shaw Theatres Balestier will finally reopen on 30 March 2023 with 11 halls, and will feature the most number of premium halls at a single venue in Singapore.
The newly renovated Shaw Theatres Balestier has six regular halls, four Lumiere halls and one Dreamers hall.
Prior to its official opening on 30 March 2023, Shaw Theatres Balestier will be holding an open house from 27 to 29 March 2023:
When Shaw Theatres Balestier closed along with the mall Shaw Plaza for a complete rebuild in August 2019, it presented a unique opportunity to pay tribute to the heritage district that it is located in. Shaw Theatres has a strong sense of presence in Balestier. In the 1940s, the Shaw Brothers' Jalan Ampas Studio was set up, and produced many popular and critically acclaimed Malay films. It launched the careers of many legendary Malay film stars and was a major contributor to the Golden Age of Malay Cinema.
Mr. Mark Sha, Director, Shaw Organisation Group of Companies, commented: "We have a strong relationship and association with the Balestier neighbourhood, so we took inspiration from elements of its heritage and culture such as the industrial background, the old shophouses and the diverse architectural buildings."
As for Dreamers, which will be open at a later date, it was described as a more conducive movie-going environment created for children - with reduced volume; soft lighting inside the halls so the little ones can see where they are going; lowered contrast between projection and ambient light; with all patrons primed to expect babies and running toddlers; and kids and family friendly movies throughout the year.
Unlike The Dreamers at Shaw Theatres Jewel, which has colourful seats and an open play space at the front of the hall for the kids, The Dreamers at Shaw Balestier has been reimagined with a different design with more play space.
Meanwhile, Lumiere will continue to feature the luxurious Figueras seating and the latest DTS:X sound system (with new overhead speakers to provide an all rounded soundscape). Figueras seats are roomy and can be reclined by 42 degrees. They also come with ergonomically shaped backrest cushion, a generously sized turntable and USB charging ports. It offers a much more intimate movie-watching environment, and the armrest can be folded up for the twin seats to form love seats.
Mr. Mark Shaw said: "We introduced Dreamers to cater to families with young children and Lumiere to those looking for more premium and comfort at Shaw Theatres Jewel in 2019. Both were immediately popular with our patrons. When the time came for Shaw Theatres Balestier to undergo a complete makeover, we recognised the need to introduce more of these two concepts into the cineplex."
Opening promotions from 30 March 2023:
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