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The Scala Cinema in Siam Square offers a more modest one-screen experience compared to the large complex situated in Siam Paragon just across the road. Built in 1967, this exquisitely maintained movie theatre is worth a trip not only for the bargain priced seats and popcorn, but also for the retro setting. From the tickets to the building, everything here has been preserved and it is worth a trip just to stand in the domed-ceiling entrance and be transported to another age.
Easy to find, the cinema is located just five minutes’ walk from the BTS station at Siam. Come down the stairs on the opposite side of the road to Paragon and head towards Siam Square Soi 1. From the outside the cinema looks old-world, there are no digital displays here, and the name of the film showing is displayed in red letters, each put up by hand. The Scala cinema is a rarity in Thailand, one of the last movie theatres from times gone by still standing. On Siam Square Soi 2 you will find its partner in crime, The Lido. Less architecturally impressive than Scala but preserving history nonetheless, they both show an eclectic range of films, from large blockbusters to more independent movies from Asia and Europe, ideal for those looking for an indie alternative.
The Scala Cinema
Address: Scala Theatre, Siam Square Soi 1, Rama I Rd
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