The Capitol Theatre is doing free screenings of old Singaporean films

The newly opened Capitol Theater has the corner market on the local nostalgia thing, first with the Singapura musical, followed by a planned premier the SG50 cinematic omnibus 7 Letters—and now there’s a five-film free screening of titles from the golden age of Singaporean filmmaking. 

Happening from Aug 2023Spotlight on Singapore Cinema is a joint effort between Media Development Authority, National Library Board, National Archives of Singapore and Asian Film Archive, National Heritage Board and the National Museum Cinematheque. 

Films on show include Hokkien Opera Taming of the Princess, Indian rom-com Ninaithale Inikkum, and Malay action drama Chu Chu Datok Merah. What we’re really looking forward to though, is Lion City, the first Chinese film produced in post-war Singapore and also a time where Malay films were the norm. Plus, it offers a peek into what life was like in Singapore in the ’60s. Also on our radar is Malay romantic drama Patah Hati that has scenes at the Alkaff Gardens, Rex Cinemas and Kallang Airport.

While it is a free event, you still have to secure your slot online as there are limited seats. More details to come. Meantime, here’s a clip from Chu Chu Datok Merah.