Enjoy Films at the Fort in Singapore
Singapore's premier open-air movie experience
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Open-air cinemas are a staple of the summer season across America and some European cities. But in Singapore, where it is summer all-year round, open-air cinemas are something that are not at all common — no thanks to its warm and humid weather that probably have most people choosing to stay indoors. But, if you will be traveling to Singapore and seeking an unique movie-watching experience in this bustling city, the Film At The Fort might just be what you are looking for.
Films At The Fort
There's something truly magical about watching a movie under the starry night sky, surrounded by the beautiful cityscape of Singapore. Film At The Fort offers a unique and unforgettable outdoor cinema experience that has captivated movie enthusiasts since its inception. Set against the stunning backdrop of Fort Canning Park, this annual event has become a much-anticipated highlight in Singapore's entertainment calendar.
The location itself adds a touch of enchantment to the event. Fort Canning Park, nestled amidst the bustling cityscape, provides a serene and picturesque setting for the outdoor cinema. This park is an iconic hilltop landmark that has witnessed many of Singapore’s historical milestones, and once served as the Headquarters of the Far East Command Centre and British Army Barracks. Today, it is a beautiful restored natural amphitheatre surrounded by trees and overlooks the city skyline.
2023 Film Line-Up
The 2023 Film At The Fort will run from 3rd to 20th August. There will be film screenings every Friday to Sunday, and special screenings on 9th and 10th August.
Opening the event series on the 3rd August is Academy Award winning documentarian Morgan Neville's Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain; and the closing film on the 20th August is none other than the blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick.
Another film to look out for in this year's film programme is Close, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival and was nominated the Best International Feature Film at the 2023 Academy Award. Other notable titles include Creed III, The Notebook, and Triangle of Sadness.
Check out the official website for the full line-up of film programmes.
What To Expect and Tips
Film screenings start at 7.45pm, but doors are opened from 5.30pm. There will be food stalls and bars that are available — grab some food and drinks, choose a spot on the green grass patch, get comfortable and relax with your friends while waiting for the screening to begin! DJs and instrumentalists will start playing from 5.30pm to set the mood.
Head down early to secure a good spot, and remember to bring along your own picnic mats and cushions, though you should note that chairs are not allowed.
As this is an open-air event, be sure to dress comfortably especially in Singapore's hot weather. Check out the weather forecast before heading to the event. If it is expected to rain, you might want to consider preparing a poncho or raincoat.
- Where does it take place: Fort Canning Green (inside Fort Canning Park)
- Getting there: The nearest MRT station would be Dhoby Ghaut station. Other MRT stations that are within walking distance include City Hall, Bras Basah, and Fort Canning stations.
- Ticketing: https://www.filmsatthefort.com.sg/