Managed by the Asian Film Archive, the first local theatre dedicated to Asian cinema
Inside the revamped National Archives of Singapore (NAS) building, Oldham Theatre welcomes cinephiles for regular film screenings. Manned and programmed by the folks at the Asian Film Archive (AFA), the 134-seater hall is equipped with Dolby Atmos surround sound, 4K digital and 35mm-film format projection capabilities—perfect for screening the beautifully restored works courtesy of the AFA.
First built as the Anglo-Chinese Primary School in 1887, the building was rebuilt in 1955, and later taken over by NAS in 1995. The current theatre is named for Bishop Oldham, a missionary sent to Singapore who later set up a Methodist school in the ‘80s.
For programming, look forward to a curated mix of classic, contemporary and new releases of critically acclaimed Asian film titles. At Oldham Theatre, audiences can catch some of AFA’s annual film festivals, such as State of Motion, Asian Restored Classics, and Singapore Shorts. In addition, the space plays host to post-screening dialogues, film-centric lectures and workshops—a dedicated sanctuary for film lovers to gather and soak in the rich film heritage of Asian cinema.
Beginning May 18, film screenings will take place on Wednesday and Friday evenings, as well as during the afternoons and evenings on weekends. General tickets are priced at $10 and available to purchase online or at the Oldham Theatre box office.