Back when Singapore was younger, things were simpler and life was filled with simple joys; sources of entertainment came from playing marbles and five stones with the neighbours, and going to the cinema was considered a treat.
That said, residents of Queenstown would agree that the former Queenstown cinema (which look right out of a Wes Anderson film) was once a place that provided them with happy memories.
Now that the cinema is torn down and many surrounding buildings in the neighbourhood will meet the same fate for future developments, My Community, a non-profit heritage group has put together a pop-up museum, Our Stories: Do you remember them?, exhibiting in one of the en-bloc buildings at Commonwealth Drive.
The museum launched on 23 February 2019 is fully funded and curated by Queenstown residents, featuring memorabilia and artefacts from the 1970s – 1980s, evoking nostalgia for residents and Singaporeans from other neighbourhoods, alike.
You’ll find familiar old school tiles from your grandparents’ home being used in the museum, and standing out from the rest of the items would be the neon sign iconic to the Queenstown Cinema and Bowling Centre.
If none of these items in the pictures is familiar to you, then I guess you’re really really young; I suggest bringing mum and dad along, they’ll thank you for the trip down memory lane. Plus, you’ll get to learn about our sunny island’s interesting past.
Dates & Times: 9.30am – 2.30pm (Wed, Thurs, Sun); 9.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 8.30pm (Fri – Sat)
Price: Free admission