Clementi no more?

This photo of the old cinema at Clementi, beside the MRT station was taken on Sunday, 30 March 2008. At that point in time, there was already a gapping hole in the wall of the building. Yesterday night at 11pm on 31 March 2008, The whole entire wall down the front was a giant gapping hole. I wonder if they are only renovating the exterior or are they pulling the whole building down? Here’s a last glimpse before the new Clementi of tomorrow rises from the ground.

This cinema building is one of those rarer few that have survived from the 70s-80s although the cinema itself has ceased to function since the last 5 years. But today, most have been torn down or replaced by multiplexes like Golden Village with 10 small cinemas in 1 place. Soon the next generation wouldn’t even know we ever had such “antiquated” cinemas with 1 or 2 giant theatres, booklets of paper tickets where seating was 100% manual and the ticketing auntie (or uncle) will write your seat number on it with a “crayon pencil” before tearing it out from the stack and issuing it.

This is how the ticket used to look like. Image taken from National Archives of Singapore

Is the recent past really not worth treasuring at all? Onwards with modernity then!

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