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Of all the good things the pandemic has taken away from us, it’s probably the joy of watching a movie in the cinema that we miss the most. The experience of seeing a new movie alone or with friends, snacking on popcorn, and having a good laugh or cry within two hours seems like something from a lifetime ago now.

Fortunately, some movie houses have reopened, with some in the most unlikely of places like a parking lot (SM’s drive-by cinema) and a man-made river inside a mall (floating cinema). Believe it or not, there’s even one tucked inside a 1950s residence in Cubao.

Called Sine Pop, the new boutique cinema not too far from LRT 2-Cubao station is a “wooden home-turned private theater” with 48 seats, a 23-feet screen, and a bamboo garden.

The property’s owner, Pedro Eugenio, shares that the house along St. Mary Street was constructed and finished in 1948.

“The house stands on a 750sqm lot. It was built and designed by my father, Sotero Pasion Eugenio, who was a Civil Engineer from Laoag City and his wife, my mother, Lourdes Sabas Segui, a pharmacist from Batac City, Ilocos Norte,” he writes in a Facebook post. “My family lived in this property for almost 70 years (until 2017), during which we tried to preserve its original beauty, as it was built by my parents. I have many wonderful and tender memories living there [and] I’m happy to see that it has been restored beautifully.”

As of writing, Sine Pop is holding screenings of Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan, Lav Diaz’s 240-minute epic, every Saturday. The experience is complete with drinks and a view of the bamboo garden. Guests may check out the whole space, too, which is an excellent example of adaptive reuse.

Be sure to contact Sine Pop via their social media first, though, to reserve a slot as they are only allowing six people at a time, in accordance to health and safety guidelines.

Featured photo courtesy of Sine Pop on Instagram and Kelly Austria

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