Singapore 

1. Jurong Drive-in Theatre


Statistics:

Opened:                    14 July 1971
Closed:                     30 September 1985
Location:                  Yuan Ching Road, Jurong Singapore, next to the Japanese Gardens
Screens:                   One screen (47 feet by 110 feet)
No. of shows:            2 shows daily � 7pm & 9pm
Ticket prices:           $2 (adults) & $1 (children under 12 years� old)
Operator:                Cathay Organisation Private Limited
Capacity:                 Occupied 5.6 hectares of land, accommodation for 899 cars and 300 walk-in patrons in the open gallery.

Brief history:
 

The Drive-in at Jurong was the first of its kind in Singapore and Malaysia and the largest in Asia. It was opened on 14 July 1971 by the then Minister of Culture, Jek Yuen Thong, in a gala charity film premiere of �Doctor in Trouble�.

The Drive-In took its concept from the O�Halloran Hill cinema in Adelaide, Australia.

There were special car speaker systems with adjustable volumes linking the sound-track to individual cars. The screen was elevated 25 feet above ground and tilted at an angle of six-and-a-half degrees. Watching a film at the Drive-In was like watching an enormous television screen in the total privacy of a small circle box. First-run English language features were intended for the Drive-in.

The film �The Big Boss� which starred the late movie legend Bruce Lee, grossed an all time high of S$12,000 for a single show on its opening night at the Drive-In.

(The above text was extracted from the book �Cathay-55 years of cinema�).  For queries or further information, please email corporate_services@cathay.com.sg
 

Photos of the Jurong Drive-in

The 47ft by 110ft screen at the Jurong Drive-In hangs elevated 25 feet above ground, tilted at an angle of six-and-half degrees. [What a great photo!]


 

Malaysian movie fans hired two charter buses to drive them to the Jurong Drive-in when the theatre first opened.

Thanks to Adeline Tan and Cathay Organisation Private Limited for the information above. Their assistance was gratefully appreciated.

And now for two historic photos.

Thanks to Raymond Han for the two photos above.
 
 

Here' some further information

Video Pirates Kill The Jurong Drive-in

Another article about the Drive-in

An article about Singaporean cinemas including a photo of the Drive-in

Another Article
 


 
 

2. NTUC Club, Pasir Ris Drive-in Theatre


Statistics:

Opened:            Open every Friday!
Closed:
Location:           NTUC Club, Pasir Ris
Screens:            One screen
No. of shows:    Lots
Ticket prices:   $3 entry
Operator:         NTUC Club
Capacity:

This drive-in was mentioned in the following article

Website
 


 

3. Epsom Movie Mob Drive-in Theatre


Statistics:

Opened:
Closed:
Location:           It varies - somewhere around Singapore
Screens:            One screen
No. of shows:    
Ticket prices:   Free!
Operator:         Ape communications
Capacity:

This drive-in was mentioned in the following article

Website
 
 
 

Does anybody have any further information or photos of Singaporean Drive-ins? If so, please email Peter Berrett at p.berrett@optusnet.com.au    Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged.
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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