The pick-up truck in this photo is travelling along Yuan Ching Road towards Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim.This giant screen, measuring 47 ft by 100 ft, was raised 25 ft above ground and tilted at an angle of six-and-a-half degrees. Source: Singapore Infopedia.
Where was it located?
The Jurong Drive-in Theatre was located along Yuan Ching Road next to Japanese Garden Road. Today, the land is occupied by the Fairway Club. The rear of the cinema was near Japanese Garden Road, whilst the screen was towards the direction of the Tang Village, which, of course, was not in existence at that time.
Actually, I cannot recall much of this place as I had only been there a couple of times. It was not a popular place for Singaporeans for a number of reasons. One, there was no air-conditioning. This kind of open-air concept is just not suitable for our tropical climate; especially since by the 1980’s, Singaporeans had grown affluent and accustomed to watching movies in air-conditioned comfort. Besides this, there was also the factor of rain to consider.
Secondly, the sound quality was poor. The sound came from a speaker which had a bracket attached to it. You mount the speaker on the car door with the window wound down. The car, by the way, is parked on a slight incline so that you can view the huge screen. I believe that, as the distance from the screen increased, this angle of inclination was reduced. For these reasons, sometimes, we preferred to get out of the car and watch the movie from the public gallery seats located at the back of the cinema.
The only movie that I recall watching at the Jurong Drive-in was Bruce Lee’s The Big Boss. This movie was such a big hit that all the tickets were sold out in the regular theatres in town; and so in desperation, my brothers and I headed for the Jurong Drive-in.
The Big Boss broke the drive-in cinema's box-office record, collecting S$12,000 for one night. Source: Singapore Infopedia.
For a more detail explanation of the Jurong Drive-in Cinema, check out this article at the Singapore Infopedia website.
Below are some photos from the National Archives’ Picas website.