After 18 years in operation, the first multiplex in Singapore, GV Yishun (formerly known as Yishun 10) is ready for an extreme makeover. Last night, I attended the GV Yishun Renovation Party whereby Phua Chu Kang The Movie (new release) was screened alongside the Cantonese version of Jackie Chan’s Police Story III (1992 movie).
Right after the party and movie screenings, the grandfather of all multiplex in Singapore will be closed for three months of extensive renovations.
旧的不去，新的不来 – the old has to make way for the new in order for progress and improvement.
I have fond memories of GV Yishun as a kid and as a teenager. When I was in my primary/secondary school years, I remember how my parents will drive my sister and I to GV Yishun specially to catch the latest Chinese blockbuster offerings like Jackie Chan’s Police Story III.
When I was in my teens, I remember going to GV Yishun for a couple of first dates. Somehow in Singapore, couples like to go for dates at the cinemas…
Anyway, back to the Renovation Party – guests get to bring home a piece of GV Yishun each. Yes, literally a piece of GV Yishun. The GV guys had actually torn down some parts of the cinema and made them into little souvenirs for guests to take home. I chose a piece of the cinema seat numbering plate.
What’s next after the Renovation Party? A Re-opening Party of course. 🙂
To stay updated on the Re-opening Party of GV Yishun, you can sign up as a GV Movie Club member. Membership is free.
I also watched the preview for Phua Chu Kang The Movie by the way. It’s funny and entertaining to watch after a hard day’s work. The movie is now showing at all major cinemas, including GV cinemas of course.
The two main leads of the movie, Phua Chu Kang (Gurmit Singh) and Rosie Phua (Irene Ang) were also there at a meet-and-greet session as the “contractors” who will be undertaking the renovation project for GV Yishun – how adept.
Here’s the movie synopsis:
Phua Chu Kang is back and kicking into the big screens! The movie depicts how Phua Chu Kang has been making a mark for himself in Malaysia. Ah Ma came to visit but went missing in an instant. Phua Chu Kang eventually tracks her down in an old folks home and accidentally got himself a renovation job. All come to a screeching halt when he discovers the real reason behind Ah Ma’s strange insistence to help some old folks at the home who are dropping dead one by one. On the other hand Rosie is kept busy being the centre of attention for both Frankie Foo and Mr Lim, the owner of the old folks home. Will Rosie and Phua Chu Kang be able to weather through this? And will Phua Chu Kang and Ah Ma be able to find out what is the real reason behind the deaths at the home or is it simply, they got old?
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