When Margaret Meets the Queen#2July 7, 2008 at 3:47 pm | Posted in itchy backside | Leave a comment
Tags: Architecture, History, Life, Uniquely Singapore
From this sign, one could see that the Margaret Drive/Queenstown area used to be so happening…they left out cinemas on this sign. The two cinemas have long been converted to churches.
This is the other cinema still left standing..
Old cinemas used to have only one big theatre hall, showing one movie at a time, unlike the ones we have now where there are more halls of smaller sizes showing as many as five to eight different movies. Huge painted movie poster used to adorn the panels here. It is now a dying trade in Singapore and the only ones you can still see now I think should be the ones at Chinatown, well known to show ‘RA’ rated films and have a huge senior male citizen patrons there…:p
As mentioned earlier, the gahmen has plans to revamp the whole place to attract more young people to come and stay in one of Singapore’s oldest housing estate. With that, old flats will have to give way again…
It is certainly good to see the old Margaret Drive and Queenstown area thriving with activities again, but I certainly hope some of the old buildings will be conserved to remind us of its past. Definitely I would give the Queenstown Library a visit soon. Who knows, my ‘moving house loving’ family may decide to move yet once again back to the area! :p