Movie theatres in Singapore reopen on July 13: All you need to know

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Hooray! Another restriction lifted, and another step closer to normalcy.

Movie theatres in Singapore are officially reopening on July 13, but with a few safety measures in place to ensure that we remain safe while enjoying an afternoon or evening of entertainment on the big screen.

So, if you’ve got questions about what these are, whether there are any reopening promotions and what you can do about your expired movie vouchers, we try to answer them below. 

Movie theatre promotions and deals

Nothing pleases avid moviegoers more than discounted movie tickets, food and drinks.

If that sounds like you, here are some promotions and deals that you should know about before making your first visit (post- circuit breaker) to the movie theatres. 

Golden Village promotions

Promotion Price Remarks
M Pass

$20 for up to 4 tickets (GV & Klook Members)

$25 for up to 4 tickets (general public)

– Selected movies only

– Not applicable for use on public holidays and eve of public holidays

– Valid for 3 months

DBS PayLah! users enjoy $2.50 off on movie ticket prices every Wednesday (2D, 3D, Gemini, Deluxe Plus or Duo Deluxe tickets) Vary depending on movie

– Wednesdays only

– Tickets must be purchased through the GV icon on DBS PayLah! every Wednesday

– Not applicable for use on public holidays and eve of public holidays

– Valid till 31 December 2020

DBS PayLah! users enjoy $1 off on movie ticket prices on all other days (2D, 3D, Gemini, Deluxe Plus or Duo Deluxe tickets) Vary depending on movie

– Mondays to Sundays

– Tickets must be purchased through the GV icon on DBS PayLah! every Wednesday

– Not applicable for use on public holidays and eve of public holidays

– Valid till 31 December 2020

DBS PayLah! users enjoy special prices on popcorn combos

1 Regular popcorn and 1 regular drink, $7.90 (usual price $9

)1 Regular popcorn and 2 regular drinks, $10.90 (usual price $13)

– Only valid with movie ticket purchases– Not valid for Gold Class movie ticket purchases

Shaw Theatres promotions

Promotion Price Remarks
SAFRA members enjoy special prices on 2D movie tickets Vary depending on time and day, $7 to $10 (usual price $9 to $13.50)

– Over-the-counter purchases only

– Not valid on certain public holidays

– Valid till 31 December 2022

SAFRA members enjoy special prices on 3D movie tickets Vary depending on time and day, $9 to $12 (usual price $11 to $14)

– Over-the-counter purchases only

– Not valid on certain public holidays

– Valid till 31 December 2022

SAFRA members enjoy special prices on Regular popcorn combo 1 Regular popcorn and 1 regular drink, $5.50 (usual price $7.90)

– Over-the-counter purchases only

– Not valid on certain public holidays

– Valid till 31 December 2022

OCBC cardholders enjoy special prices on 2D movie tickets Vary depending on time and day

– Limited to 4 discounted tickets per cardholder per day

– Valid till 31 March 2021

OCBC cardholders enjoy special movie ticket and food buncles From $30

– Limited to 4 bundles per cardholder per day

– Valid till 31 March 2021

Cathay Cineplexes promotions

Promotion Price Remarks
PAssion POSB debit cardholders for 1-for-1 movie tickets on the 10th of every month Vary depending on movie

– Limited to the first 800 redemptions on the 10th day of every month

– Maximum 2 tickets per purchase

– Only valid for certain class of movies

Singtel customers get 1-for-1 movie ticket prices on Saturdays Vary depending on movie

– Valid for Singtel postpaid customers only

– Limited to the first 500 customers every Saturday

– Limited to 1 transaction per customer per Saturday

Heaven & Earth jasmine green tea  $3 for 2 bottles

– Mondays and Thursdays only

– From 13 to 30 July 2020

– Not valid at Cathay Cineplex Parkway Parade and Causeway Point

Filmgarde promotions

Promotion Price Remarks
2’s Value Deal – Weekday 2 Movie tickets, 1 bottle of water, 1 regular popcorn, 1 regular drink, 1 bag of chips, $28 (save up to $4)

– Mondays to Thursdays only

– Not applicable for use on public holidays and eve of public holidays

2’s Value Deal – Weekend 2 Movie tickets, 1 bottle of water, 1 regular popcorn, 1 regular drink, 1 bag of chips, $37 (save up to $4)

– Fridays to Sundays only

– Not applicable for use on public holidays and eve of public holidays

WE Cinemas promotions

Promotion Price Remarks
Citibank cardholders enjoy $1 off on 2D movie ticket Vary depending on movie

– Minimum purchase of 2 tickets

– Purchase must be made with a Citibank card

– Valid till 31st August 2020

UOB cardholders enjoy $1 off on 2D movie ticket Vary depending on movie

– Minimum purchase of 2 tickets

– Purchase must be made with a UOB card

– Valid till 31 July 2020

PAssion cardholders enjoy $1 off on 2D movie ticket Vary depending on movie

– Minimum purchase of 2 tickets

– Purchase must be made with a PAssion card

– Valid till 31 January 2021

What are the safety precautions in place at movie theatres?

There are a couple of safety measures that have been put in place by the authorities. These include: 

  • All cinema halls will adopt a 1 metre safe distancing seat configuration. 
  • Similar to Phase 2’s restrictions on social gatherings, you are allowed to watch movies in groups of no more than five (need not be from the same household) without the 1 metre safe distancing seat configuration. 
  • To prevent overcrowding, a maximum of 50 patrons are allowed into a cinema hall at any time. 
  • You have to keep your face mask on at all times, even inside the cinema hall. The only exception is when you are consuming food or drink. 

Can I consume food and drinks during the movie? 

Yes, you are allowed to remove your face mask to consume food and drinks during the movie (yay!). However, you are required to put your mask back on the moment you have finished eating or drinking. 

Is it safe to visit a movie theatre? 

Movie theaters will be stepping up their cleaning and disinfecting efforts to ensure that their premises remain Covid-19 free, but there are some extra measures that you can adopt to protect yourself as well. These include: 

  • Keep your face mask on at all times and remove it only when you are eating or drinking. 
  • Choose contactless payment options when purchasing your tickets, food and drinks to cut down on the possibility of transmission. 
  • Actively maintain safe distance from other moviegoers when at the ticket counter, going into and out of the cinema hall, toilet and other common areas.
  • Refrain from touching unknown objects or surfaces. In the event that you do (for example, holding onto the escalator’s handrail or door handles), remember to sanitise your hands right after. 

Expired or expiring movie theatre vouchers

Got movie vouchers that have expired due to the closure or are expiring soon? Don’t throw them away!

Movie theatres in Singapore have extended their expiry dates and this is done automatically ⁠— no need to exchange your existing vouchers for new ones.

Golden Village vouchers 

Type Initial expiry date Extended expiry date
I’m a Movie Buff! movie coupons and promo codes 31 March to 30 April 2020 12 September 2020
GV Movie Club birthday cessation 1-for-1 vouchers 31 March to 12 April 2020 12 September 2020
GV Movie Club February birthday treat vouchers 31 March 2020 12 September 2020
‘I’ll Be Back’ GV Katong vouchers(F&B vouchers, weekday and weekend movie vouchers) March, April and May 2020 12 September 2020
‘The Show Book’ voucher 31 March, 29 May and 30 September 2020 12 October 2020
Other vouchers and prepaid cards(Movie vouchers, F&B vouchers, $10 gift vouchers, HSBC movie card and GV One card) 27 March to 31 July 2020 31 December 2020
Other vouchers and prepaid cards(Movie vouchers, F&B vouchers, $10 gift vouchers, HSBC movie card and GV One card) 1 Aug 2020 to 31 March 2021 Extended for 4 months from initial expiry date

Shaw Theatres vouchers 

Type Initial expiry date Extended expiry date
Movie vouchers (IMAX®, premiere, regular – blue, green or red) 1 March to 13 July 2020 31 January 2021
MovieBites popcorn combo vouchers 1 March to 13 July 2020 31 January 2021
IMAX® and Brown gift vouchers 1 March to 13 July 2020 31 January 2021
All vouchers 14 July to 31 August 2020 Request for extension by writing in to helpdesk@shaw.com.sg

Cathay Cineplexes vouchers 

Type Initial expiry date Extended expiry date
Everyday movie vouchers, Weekday movie vouchers, Senior vouchers. February to August 2020 28 February 2021
Platinum movie suites vouchers February to August 2020 28 February 2021
F&B and all other gift vouchers February to August 2020 28 February 2021

Filmgarde vouchers 

Type Initial expiry date Extended expiry date
Movie vouchers 1 March to 31 July 2020 31 December 2020
All other vouchers 1 March to 31 July 2020 31 December 2020

The Projector vouchers 

The Projector reopens July 15, 2020.

Type Initial expiry date Extended expiry date
Fan, Senior and Student memberships 27 March to 12 July Extension is based on the duration of the closure
Single or gift pack vouchers 26 March to 12 July Extension is based on the duration of the closure

WE Cinemas vouchers 

For extension of expired or expiring WE Cinemas vouchers, email a request to contact@engwah.com.sg. 

Eaglewings Cinematics vouchers 

For extension of expired or expiring Eaglewings Cinematics vouchers, email a request to info@eaglewingscinematics.com.sg.

This article was first published in SingSaver.com.sg.