If you’re a cinephile and a history lover, there’s one boutique theater that might pique both your interests at once. Sine Pop is a postwar home turned mini-cinema that screens locally made films. Aside from the 23-foot screen, the private theater also boasts a bamboo garden in the middle of the city.
Situated in Quezon City, the boutique cinema was originally built in 1948 by a civil engineer from Laoag City and his wife, a pharmacist from Batac.
“This house was constructed in 1948 and was finished in December of the same year. 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,” writes property owner Pedro Eugenio.
Sine Pop holds weekly screenings of Lav Diaz’s four-hour epic, “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” at 1 p.m. every Saturday. The tickets are free, but make sure to send the mini-theater a message to reserve a slot.
The cinema also serves post-screening drinks in the bamboo garden, which is a great way to decompress and have some socially distanced interaction with fellow viewers.
Sine Pop is located at 14 St. Mary St., Quezon City. For more information and reservations, you can visit Sine Pop’s Facebook.