Cinema speaker falls during movie

The spot on the wall in the Projector cinema where the speaker was mounted before it fell and hit two women.
The spot on the wall in the Projector cinema where the speaker was mounted before it fell and hit two women.PHOTO: COURTESY OF RANDY KUAN

Business development executive Ryan Kuan was expecting a quiet night out with his girlfriend at the cinema when a black speaker, the size of a motorcycle box, fell about 3m, and into the empty seat next to his girlfriend.

"I was terribly shocked as my girlfriend was inches away from getting hurt," said the 27-year-old. The accident happened on Monday at the Projector, a cinema in Golden Mile Tower, in Beach Road.

The speaker then bounced down two steps, and hit cinema-goer Neo Yu Ping, 27, in the knee. It hit another woman in the back before finally coming to a stop.

"It was dark, so I couldn't see what was going on," said Ms Neo, a customer service officer. "I heard a loud bang and, before I knew it, the speaker hit me."

The spot of mishap forced the management to pause the film, titled I Am Eurasian - screened as part of the Singapore Heritage Short Film Competition - and turn on the lights. The screening, which started at 8pm, resumed after the two women said they were fine.

The Straits Times understands that the women were given 10 complimentary tickets to any film of their choice at the Projector. The management also offered to pay their medical expenses.

A Projector spokesman apologised, and said: "We are looking into the matter, and will take appropriate action to prevent it from happening again. The comfort and safety of our customers is our top priority."

The cinema remains open for movie screenings.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 30, 2015, with the headline 'Cinema speaker falls during movie'. Print Edition | Subscribe