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Cinema On Wheels

Cinema On Wheels - - Chinatown Heritage Centre, Singapore

“Cinema On Wheels” was invented by entrepreneurs to provide cheap entertainment on the street to children who could not afford to attend a movie theatre. For only a few cents children could peep through the window slots on the specially-constructed box and view favourite silent cartoons or action films such Tarzan, Frankenstein, Donald Duck and Popeye. The wooden movie box was mounted on a tricycle and could easily be transported to choice locations.

The children would peek through the small windows of the cinema-on-wheels which were manned by elderly men by the roadside. Film reels were stored in the box, and the movies were played by a projector that is connected to a generator and battery and projected into the box, so it could only be seen from the small windows.  This “Cinema On Wheels disappeared by the 1970’s.

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“A given excuse that was not asked for, implies guilt.” Singaporean / Malay Proverb



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