The Golden Mile

Kurien visits the Golden Mile Complex in Singapore, where every kind of film-goer can find a movie to watch.

3 min read

The Golden Mile Tower building situated on Beach Road in Singapore began life as Golden Theatre during the 1970s, before being split into a multiplex in the 1990s. Launched by Chong Gay Theatres, the Golden Theatre was the biggest cinema in Singapore when it opened with a 1,500-seater theatre. Golden Theatre remained a popular cinema screening Chinese movies until the 1990s. The main hall was then divided into smaller halls that screened mostly Hindi and Tamil movies.

Today this building houses two cinemas that straddle different ends of the film spectrum. One is Rex cinemas on the third level that plays mainstream Tamil films and an occasional Malay film. The other is The Projector on the fifth level that aims to be much more than a space for arthouse cinema—it has a cafe-bar in the lobby, a bar in the carpark, a coworking space.

Here’s what we got when Kurien decided to enter these two worlds with a camera.

The Projector

Kurien’s take on The Projector: “You’ll never be alone if you go to the Projector. You’ll find lots of friends on the way to the toilet. In fact, someone will accompany you while you do your small business. You won’t feel lonely even when you do your big business.”

Rex Cinemas

Further Reading

We recommend this interview with Ms Karen Tan, the woman behind The Projector; and the wiki page for Rex Cinemas.

About the photographer

Kurien quit his engineering job of ten years to figure out what he actually wants to do. He is currently unemployed, and is doing a course in UX design. Meanwhile, he posts pics on his instagram @kuriensk, sells art at and uploads bad recordings at

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