|Old sketch of the old Serangoon Garden Village before it was demolished in 2009.|
The Urban Sketchers (Singapore) made a trip down to Serangoon Gardens last weekend to sketch the place. I realised that the meeting spot has been replaced with a new retail mall.
The spot at the corner of Farleigh and Maju Avenues was home to the iconic Paramount Theatre in the 1960s. NTUC opened a FairPrice supermarket at the building in 1974. The cinema could not survive and had to close its doors in 1983 as Serangoon Gardens was much less densely populated then than it is now.
In the 1990s, many different retail stores and restaurants opened shop in Paramount building. Some of those in the earlier years are DBS Bank, Burger King, Party World, and Supercue snooker and arcade centre. Later on it was renamed “Serangoon Garden Village” as learning centres moved in. In addition, anchor tenants like Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Café Cartel made the place a popular hangout.
Ultimately, the paramount building was demolished in 2009 and MyVillage tookover the site where it once occupied.