Sunday, 29 November 2015

Abandoned cinemas in Bangkok (1)

Abandoned cinemas in Bangkok (1)

The Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project http://seatheater.blogspot.com is an excellent website that covers old movie theaters in southeast Asia. See here as well: http://thaifilmjournal.blogspot.com/
http://www.thaiworldview.com/tv/cinema16.htm

My interest in these places is for art deco architecture, urban decay and porn theaters, the latter treated here extensively:
http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2015/09/special-cinema-5-state-cinema-in-samrong.html

Paris Theater โรงภาพยนต์ปารีส or โรงภาพยนตร์ปารีส
13.7562921,100.5173899 = 13°45'22.6"N 100°31'02.6"E

Lan Luang Road ถนนหลานหลวง corner to Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem คลองผดุงกรุงเกษม.

When I first drove or walked past in 2013 I immediately thought "this looks like an old cinema", a suspicion that was confirmed on a recent visit. Nearby 7/11 branch 2473 is named after it: โรงหนังปารีส. View from Lan Luang road (better view from bus):



Former entrance area ground floor is used for storage:





There is a bas relief along the wall, probably painted plaster (white spots where the paint has come off):



Upstairs:






View from the side outside, the theater has a connection to a circular building that is around it and has shops and living quarters, see satellite picture.



The area across Lan Luang looks similar in satellite picture, but has been renovated:



I went in and couldn't find a tilted ceiling (which means tilted floor in the room above, the audience seating), but there is a note from 2010 about development of the area of Paris Theater and Ambassador Theater โรงภาพยนตร์แอมบาสเดอร์ on the front of Paris Theater (no other information of Ambassador Theater on the internet):



There were no movie posters left in Paris Theater (only empty windows "now showing" and "coming up"), so I asked locals: the theater was closed in the year when แฟนฉัน was playing, which was 2003.

The Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project:

http://seatheater.blogspot.com/2009/08/paris-theater-bangkok-thailand.html 
and it's mentioned here โรงหนังปารีส
http://www.thaifilm.com/forumDetail.asp?topicID=2076

update 26nov2016:
http://www.daxward.com/Abandoned-paris-movie-theater-/ 

Oscar Theater โรงหนัง ออสก้า เพชรบุรี 39
13.7502599,100.5567991 = 13°45'00.9"N 100°33'24.5"E


Petchaburi between Soi 39 and 41, next to 7/11 branch 0367 เพชรบุรี 39. (Thai name from here http://www.thaicine.com/wboard/maintopic.php?GroupID=63&Begin=0&ID=5885.)

Detailed information see here: http://seatheater.blogspot.com/2012/03/oscar-theater-bangkok-thailand.html Currently has some lady sex massage shops inside and around.

View from across Petchaburi, no sign of cinema:



Was used as a church, decoration still in place:





Sala Chaloem Thani โรงภาพยนตร์เฉลิมธานี
aka Nang Loeng Cinema โรงหนังนางเลิ้ง
13.7588154,100.5117145 = 13°45'31.7"N 100°30'42.2"E

The oldest movie theater in South-East Asia (opened 1918, closed 1993).





http://seatheater.blogspot.com/2009/06/sala-chalerm-thani-bangkok-thailand.html
http://www.thaiworldview.com/tv/theater09.htm

Information about the neighborhood: http://migrationology.com/2014/05/nang-loeng-market-bangkok/
http://www.bangkok101.com/old-bangkoks-last-stand/

Language note: translation for cinema is โรงภาพยนตร์ rohng pâap-pá-yon with alternative spelling โรงภาพยนต์ but same pronunciation, or โรงหนัง rohng năng.

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5 comments:

  1. Hi Christian, I am a Malaysian reader of your blog. I am visiting Bangkok next month 18-22 Dec. I am wondering if you are around (in case you are back Germany for Xmas), and if you are, would you be interested to meet? If you are, I would leave my details on my next comment.

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  2. I will be in Bangkok for sure 18-20, then go to Sakon Nakon. I'm interested in meeting, but I cannot promise.

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  5. Love this post, so interesting, thanks for investigating Christian and reporting back :)

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