Friday, December 31, 2021

Alabang Twin Cinema (ATC) shot in the film, "Nakagapos na Puso" (1986)

If you want to see the old interior of Alabang Twin Cinema or ATC (now known as Alabang Town Center), there is a short scene in the film, “Nakagapos na Puso” (1986) that shows this. The film starred Sharon Cuneta, Lorna Tolentino, Edu Manzano, Tonton Gutierrez, Sandy Andolong and 2 introducing actresses: Dawn Zulueta & Vina Morales. It’s in 1hr: 6min of the film.

ATC used to be only a cinema (with 2 theaters), not a mall yet. When the area was demolished for a bigger structure, it closed for about 9 months for construction/renovation in 1998-99. 

The new ATC cinema then (outside the building of ATC and outside the 5 theaters) was designed by artist Robert Alejandro, one of the siblings who owned Papemelroti, a gift shop (where “RO” stands for his name, Robert). He worked for GMA documentaries before as a reporter/broadcast journalist.

The old pencil drawings of Robert on the wall & ceiling of ATC Cinema was the same style he drew on the walls of their now-defunct family business, The Filipino Bookstore. This bookstore used to be at ATC mall & at Taft Avenue Manila, just across De La Salle University.

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