The first purpose-built art-house cinema in Singapore, the Picturehouse has been airing independent films from World Cinema to Asian Cinema to International Film Winners since the 1990s. Housed in the gazetted national heritage site of The Cathay, the Picturehouse was the first cinema in Singapore to screen cult-indie films such as Pulp Fiction, The Wedding Banquet, La Femme Nikita and Cinema Paradiso.
Its management, Cathay-Keris Films, was originally a pioneering film-production studio which managed the release of more than 150 Malay language films in Singapore from the 1950s to the 1970s, many of which conitnue to evoke a sense of nostalgia for Singapore’s older crowd. Today, Cathay-Keris Films is a leading distributor of independent films in Singapore and Malaysia.
The recently refurbished Picturehouse theatre consists of 82 suede chairs and boasts state-of-the-art visual and sound technology. Catch up with the latest buzz in the international film scene as the Picturehouse plays hosts to many of film festivals from around the world.
For a select take, the Picturehouse Preview Lounge is connected to the cinema via an exclusive entrance and features a full-service bar for private functions. Guests can also watch trailers of upcoming movies playing on the plasma screens in the lounge.
Head down to the second floor the Cathay Gallery, which pays homage to this much-loved cineplex. Watch black-and-white movie trailers and learn about how cinema seats have evolved over the years. Go back through time and see the original Picturehouse cinema in its glory days, as a stand-alone hall with one screen and 220 seats, located next to the historic Cathay Building.