Singapore nightclub Zouk turns into pop-up movie theatre ‘Cinema Club’

The entrance to Zouk nightclub at Clarke Quay. Photo: Coconuts
The entrance to Zouk nightclub at Clarke Quay. Photo: Coconuts

After turning its dance floor into a cycling gym blasting music and smoke, popular Singapore nightclub Zouk is now transforming into a movie theatre.

The famous rave spot at the Clarke Quay nightlife center is now taking reservations for its pop-up “Zouk Cinema Club” even though it has announced neither an opening date nor slate of films to screen at the 640sqm space. It’s only said it will show movies four days a week – Wednesday through Saturday – and 6pm to 10:30pm the night before public holidays.

The nightclub, which has been unable to operate fully since Singapore ordered the shutdown of entertainment centers due to COVID-19, also promised a cinematic experience that’s out of the ordinary by allowing people to “express themselves and have fun” during screenings instead of staying quiet. 

“Kick back with food and drinks and enjoy some of television’s greatest films in a space like no other, with movie screenings and theatrical decor built around distinct monthly themes,” it announced.

The club posted a guide on how to stay safe from COVID-19 while at the Zouk Cinema Club, stating that use of either the much-maligned TraceTogether tokens or app would be required to enter, as well as temperature checks. Those with a temperature higher than 38C or who have traveled “from or through areas of Pandemic” in the past 14 days, or have come into contact with an infected person will be denied entry.

Each person will be seated at least a meter apart and tables will be cleaned every 30 minutes, the guide said. Staff will be required to change face masks every four hours, and ice buckets and drinks will be covered.  

Entry for two on Wednesdays is S$75 per table and comes with a jug of drink; Thursday through Saturday goes up to S$150 and comes with a bottle of Moet champagne. 

For groups of three to five people, it costs S$175 per table on Wednesdays and comes with three drink jugs. Entry is S$350 Thursday to Saturday and comes with a bottle of Moet and a bottle of Belvedere vodka. Audience members are restricted to 18 and up.

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