Ceiling panel falls in Clementi movie theatre; no one injured

 A ceiling fell in the middle of the movie screening of Logan at WE Cinemas in Clementi on March 3, 2016.
A ceiling fell in the middle of the movie screening of Logan at WE Cinemas in Clementi on March 3, 2016.PHOTO: ALVIN PANG
A ceiling fell in the middle of the movie screening of Logan at WE Cinemas in Clementi on March 3, 2016.
A ceiling fell in the middle of the movie screening of Logan at WE Cinemas in Clementi on March 3, 2016.PHOTO: ALVIN PANG

SINGAPORE - A ceiling panel that measured about 4 sq ft fell and landed on an empty row of seats in a Clementi movie theatre around noon on Friday (March 3).

No one was hurt, but the theatre is now temporarily closed as a precautionary measure. Other halls at the cineplex are still open.

Editor Alvin Pang, 44, told The Straits Times that he had been watching an 11am screening of superhero film Logan in Hall 10 of WE Cinemas in Clementi on Friday when he suddenly heard a loud sound around noon, towards the end of the film.

"Everyone thought that (the sound) was a special effect, since it was an action movie, but then we saw that debris had landed on the front row. Thankfully, no one was there. It was unsettling because it could have even killed someone," said Mr Pang.

There were fewer than 10 people in the audience for that screening, and staff later came into the theatre to inspect the ceiling, he added.

Ms Vivien Ong, sales and marketing director of WE Cinemas' parent company Eng Wah Global, said that the company is aware of the incident and that its contractors are investigating its cause.