Golden Village Bedok opened its doors on Saturday, June 23, becoming the 13th GV cineplex and the only cinema in the Bedok neighbourhood. It is located where the former Princess Theatre used to stand; at the corner of Bedok North Street 1, on the fourth floor of the brand new Djitsun Mall Bedok, across the street from Bedok Mall.

GV celebrated its opening by rewarding its first walk-in customer with a goodie bag worth more than $370, on the first day of business. The honour went to 24-year-old student Adam Lee, who started queueing as early as 6am. He walked away with a pair of $38 movie cards, an R2-D2 Sphero (worth $289), a Paw Patrol Cushion and a Jurassic World tumbler.

A long queue had already formed before the cinema opened its shutters at 9.05am. Photo: Golden Village

A long queue had already formed before the cinema opened its shutters at 9.05am. Mr Adam Lee is at the head of the line, in blue. Photo: Golden Village

The early bird catches the worm: Mr Adam Lee with his prize. Photo: Golden Village

The early bird catches the worm: Mr Adam Lee with his prize. Photo: Golden Village

The contents of Mr Lee's goodie bag includes an R2-D2 Sphero, a pair of gift cards, a Jurassic World tumbler and a Paw Patrol cushion. Photo: Golden Village

The contents of Mr Lee’s goodie bag includes a R2-D2 Sphero, a pair of gift cards, a Jurassic World tumbler and a Paw Patrol cushion. Photo: Golden Village

“I saw the Facebook notification about the giveaway the night before and decided to go for it because I wanted the R2-D2 toy. Also, my home is only a five-minute walk away,” said Mr Lee, happens to be a toy collector and an avid movie-goer.

The presence of a cinema in his neighbourhood will make watching midnight shows a convenient affair, he said. He added: “Now I don’t have to drive out elsewhere for late night movies.”

After Mr Lee, the next 50 customers on opening day received a goodie bag containing a Paw Patrol Cushion, a Jurassic World tumbler, and a packet of curry-flavoured gourmet popcorn which is currently exclusive to GV Bedok. GV has launched three other flavours of gourmet popcorn at the same time, namely: seaweed wasabi, caramel and cheese. They are priced at $10 each.

GV launches four flavours of gourmet popcorn: Cheese, seaweed wasabi, curry and caramel. Photo: Golden Village

GV has launched four flavours of gourmet popcorn: Cheese, seaweed wasabi, curry and caramel. Photo: Golden Village

The first walk-in customers on GV Bedok's opening day queuing at the box office/candy stand. Photo: Golden Village

The first walk-in customers on GV Bedok’s opening day queuing at the box office/candy stand. Photo: Golden Village

And those who want to have something hot to eat while watching their movie in a chilly cinema will be glad to know that GV Bedok is the first cineplex to have a Saybons Hugo vending machine, which dispenses freshly-made and quick-chilled soups, pastas, and baked rice, among other healthy food offerings.

Look out for three Saybons soups exclusive to GV: hearty chicken chowder (corn, chicken, mushrooms in a creamy broth), pasta minestrone (macaroni in a vegetarian soup with carrots, green peas and corn), and king mushroom soup (shiitake and king oyster mushroom). Customers can heat up their food in a microwave next to the vending machine.

Look out for these three soup flavours exclusive to GV: Hearty chicken chowder, pasta minestrone soup and king mushroom soup. Photo: Golden Village

Look out for these three soup flavours exclusive to GV: Hearty chicken chowder, pasta minestrone soup and king mushroom soup. Photo: Golden Village

Get a hot meal from the Saybons Hugo vending machine, which is serviced 24/7. The cooked food from this machine comes from Saybons's central kitchen and contains no preservatives. Photo: Golden Village

Get a hot meal from the Saybons Hugo vending machine, which is serviced 24/7. The cooked food from this machine comes from Saybons’s central kitchen and contains no preservatives. Photo: Golden Village

Pick up a hot meal from the Saybons Hugo vending machine before heading to your cinema hall. Photo: Golden Village

Pick up a hot meal from the Saybons Hugo vending machine before heading to your cinema hall. Photo: Golden Village

Fifth in line at the opening was Mr Lee Qiu Wei, a 32-year-old retail assistant who had rushed to GV Bedok by taxi, from his home in Ang Mo Kio. “I’ve been waiting the whole week for GV Bedok to open. I was also at the GV Yishun birthday bash last year too,” said the GV Movie Club member.

Mr Lee Qiu Wei is an ardent Golden Village Movie Club member. Photo: Golden Village

Mr Lee Qiu Wei is an ardent Golden Village Movie Club member. Photo: Golden Village

GV Bedok has six auditoriums and a total of 576 seats, making it just about slightly smaller than GV Tiong Bahru. Like GV Paya Lebar, it is equipped with Barco’s Smart Laser Projection, delivering crisp picture quality for film aficionados. The screen sizes at GV Bedok vary according to the size of the hall.

The cinema seats at GV Bedok are fully upholstered in leatherette. Photo: Golden Village

The cinema seats at GV Bedok are fully upholstered in leatherette. Photo: Golden Village

GV Bedok is Golden Village's second all-laser projection cinema. Photo: Golden Village

GV Bedok is Golden Village’s second all-laser projection cinema. Photo: Golden Village

Opening festivities for GV Bedok will last all the way to September. Here are the opening specials you definitely wouldn’t want to miss:

Peel off up to two coupons from this wall located in the Bedok bus interchange, to enjoy promotional specials at GV Bedok.

Peel off up to two coupons from this wall located in the Bedok bus interchange, to enjoy promotional specials at GV Bedok. Photo: Golden Village

• Passerby can peel off wall sticker coupons which will be pasted on the wall of a specific Bedok interchange wall mural from July 7 onwards, near the alighting berth.

• Patrons will need to present the coupon at GV Bedok to enjoy ticket & F&B discounts, such as:

o $1 off per ticket (max. 2 tix)

o $1.50 off Popcorn combo of the week

o $2 off Nachos Combo

o $2 off Cheesy Meatball Combo

Take a selfie against this wall, located outside Swensen's inside Bedok Mall,

Take a selfie against this wall, located outside Swensen’s inside Bedok Mall, to enjoy $2 off curry gourmet popcorn at GV Bedok.

• You can also take a selfie against the wall ad located at Bedok Mall (Level 1 beside Swensen’s) to enjoy $2 off regular curry gourmet popcorn (U.P. $10) at GV Bedok, from June 28 to Aug 28.

Here are the F&B discounts you can look forward to from Mon – Thurs (whole day):

  • Until Aug 1: $2.50 for regular popcorn (U.P. $6)
  • From Aug 2 – Sep 5: $1.50 regular coffee (U.P. $3.20) or $1.50 regular 22oz coke (U.P. $3)

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