You are a cinephile and you are looking for a good cinema with the last high-tech to watch a film during your stay in Bangkok. Of course, your choice will be the movie theater where the film is playing and to a convenient area. The Bangkok 7th art cinema scene is wide, a lot of theaters in the main areas of the city and suburbs. Most of the recent movies are shown at all locations, and most are located in shopping malls. Be aware the air-conditioned is freezing, you better bring a scarf or a sweater.
Advertising and National Anthem
The films are shown in their original soundtrack with Thai subtitles. Most of the films are out of the program after a week or two. For a new release, it’s better to go on a weekday as weekends can be very busy. You will have to digest more than half an hour of advertising, and the Thai National Anthem is played before the movie started in honor to the King and the Royal Family, please stand up to pay your respect.
The movie theaters are generally of good sound quality and comfortable, and even very comfortable, the Paragon Cineplex, the Quartier CineArt, the Embassy Diplomat Screens, and the Emprive Cineclub Emporium are the one if you want to experience luxury. Two brands dominate the market, Major Cineplex is number one, the second is SF (Samarn Film Co), and most of the time shows Hollywood hits that are on screens at the same time as in the United States. Prices vary according to the day, time, the movie being screening and cinemas. Perhaps you prefer a classic cinema, a theatre and room of the past to discover or rediscover for some.
Siam Paragon Paragon Cineplex Paragon 5th floor, IMAX, and 14 large theatres
New Actors Alternative Cinemas
Bangkok Screen Room
Bangkok Screen Room BKKSR is a small 52 seat theaters promoting cultural, documentaries and new filmmakers, but International classic films as well. Non-English speaking films have subtitles. small bar.
Located on the corner of Sala Daeng Soi 1 and Rama IV, Silom road. 2nd floor of the Woof Pack building (7-eleven)
MRT and BTS Sala Daeng station.
Close on Monday
Tuesday-Friday. 15.30 – Midnight
Saturday-Sunday. 11:00 – Midnight
A 48 seats new movie theater on Soi Sukhumvit 43 that desire to support and promote independent filmmakers. The artist founder of the gallery Kathmandu, Manit Sriwanichpoom, and controversial film director, Ing Kanjanavanit, had used their own funds to realize this project. Cinema Oasis a small actor but attractive and cool, stylish for hipsters and intellectuals.
Houses ‘Galerie Oasis,’ a 60-square-meter exhibition space that exposes the works of artists on the third floor of the building
Galerie Oasis 11.00 – 19.00
Cinema Oasis 12.00 – 20.00 -Ticket 160 baht
BTS From Phrom Phong station exit 3, a short walk from Emquartier
Close on Monday and Tuesday
House Rama RCA Royal City Avenue
The 12 years old arthouse shows international independent films, a little bit off o the city center. Good selection of movies, the original soundtrack with Thai subtitles, no commercial, 2 small screen rooms. It says House RCA is the first boutique cinema. A small refreshment stand, a coffee shop and bakery on the first floor and a film library, and a friendly atmosphere.
Ticket 140 baht
Open 11.00 – 21.30
Address. Third floor RCA plaza, Rama 9 road soi 26
House RCA is no Longer
The RCA house has moved downtown to the new Samyan Mitrtown shopping center (Mitr means friends). The new cinema, called House Samyan, has an additional screen (three instead of two).
House is known for presenting niche films and occasionally successful films from all over the world that is not available in mainstream cinema chains. Located on the fifth floor, where there are a beautiful roof garden and view of this part of Bangkok. You can also enjoy the Food Legend Court where there are some of the famous restaurants in this area, one of the oldest Chinese communities in Bangkok. On the fourth floor, terrace with view.
MRT Samyan station
The Friese Green Club
A small private member’s club but visitors are welcome. For the passionate, filmmakers, film students, film journalists. Show classic and cults film in a 9 seat screening room. Film books library and Small bar
open Tuesday to Sunday 18.00 to 23.00
Address. Sukhumvit Soi 22, Enter the soi just after the Marriott Marquis hotel and about forty meters on the right
BTS and MRT Asok Sukhumvit station
Cinema Retro the Scala
The late 60’s Scala, owned by Chulalongkorn University is a well-maintained beauty art retro movie theater single screen, which has no doubt keep all its charm, from hand-issued tickets, the seats, the curtains at the entrance, name of the film in red letters still displayed by hand. The last of those days when going to the cinema was a romantic and cultural entertainment. Unfortunately, the economic (and technologies) time is not on the side of this unique cinema in Bangkok, and property management has other projects and ideas in mind. One petition to preserve the Scala as heritage has been signed by nearly 20.000 people. During your ballads in Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery, MBK mall, do not hesitate to come to visit and why not watch a movie about what still remains a cinema in the disappearance. A cinematographic voyage in the past for a 120/140 baht ticket, but for how long? Sad
Opposite Siam Paragon, Siam Square soi 1, BTS Siam station
Due to the financial losses during the lockdown, covid19 brought an end to 51 years of the popular and unique theatre’s history.
Quartier CinéArt EmQuartier Screen X
Quartier CineArt makes a difference in leading-edge technologies. A screen of 270 degrees, at the price of 350 baht. A business class ticket will cost you 1000 baht including a meal at the pretheater.
EMQUartier shopping complex Open 10.00 – 22.00
QuartierCineArt 4th floor, Waterfall Quartier Phrom Phong BTS station
Emprive Cineclub Emporium
The first ticket price starts at a very reasonable price of 300 THB for one of the recliners with blankets. The first-class option has 950 baht offers you access to the lounge and pre-theatre bar
EmpriveCineclub, 5th-floor Emporium shopping center
Open 10.00 – 22.20
Phrong Phom BTS station
Blue Ribbon Busines Class
You can get a drink and a snack in the lounge, a pillow a silky blanket and a 15-minute foot massage
Siam Paragon shopping mall
5th floor Siam Paragon Cineplex
BTS Siam station
Embassy Diplomat Screens
the EmbassyDipomatScreens was the most expensive cinema in the world with a price of 1200 baht per ticket. Price justified by the reception with sofas, first-class seats with pillows, blankets, a butler, and a private bar.
Central Embassy 6th floor
BTS Ploenchit station.
Enigma Paragon Cineplex
Most expensive of all, extravagances such as a private sofa bed, welcome drinks, snacks, massage chair, and free soft drink refills, all of this for 3000 baht only!
Enigma, 5th floor, Siam Paragon
BTS Siam station
The latest of the extravagances of large shopping malls in Bangkok, the IconSiam also has its cinemas, the Icon Cineconic. 13 screens, a VIP, an iMax, an iMax, an iMax, a 4DX, a lounge screen with a total of 2,781 seats, a children’s screen, and 9 normal screens. 6, 7 and 8th floor.
Some Movies to Remember Made in Thailand
Bangkok charisma and chaos inspired some great Hollywood production companies who did chose the city to set movies. One of the most famous James Bond, The Man With the Golden Gun (boxing scenes at Lumpini Stadium, Ancient City, and Khlong), but also the Beach (Khao San road), Deer Hunter (bar in Patpong), Bangkok Dangerous (Damnoen Saduak Floating Market), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (soy cowboy), The Railway Man (Hua Lamphong and Bangsue train station backyard) Good Morning Vietnam. Various locations in the country were used for what became international hits that have contributed to its tourism promotion such, James Bond again, Tomorrow never dies (Phuket), The Killing Fields (Hua Hin and Phuket), The Ugly American, some part of Star Wars such Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith Krabi), Rambo 2, 3 and 4 (Chiang Mai), Casualties of War (Kanchanaburi and Phuket) Kickboxer (Ayutthaya) Heaven and hearth, and the tragic The Impossible about the 2004 tsunami, inspired by a family who actually lived the event. Further back in time, Anna and the King of Siam and The Bridge over the River Kwai.
Currently in shooting 2019
‘Fast and Furious, Fast 9′ is currently being filmed in southern Thailand. The film is shooted at different locations in Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi and Surat Thani. It should be completed by the end of July.
The Cave Events in Chiang Rai
A feature film entitled “The Cave” (Nang Non) about last year’s massive rescue in the Tham Luang caves in Chiang Rai will be released on November 28, 2019. It will be screened at the London Film Festival from October 2 and in North America at the Vancouver Festival. In theatres in Thailand on November 28 on SF Cinemas and Major Cineplex screens.
The film highlights the rescue itself, as the director said, working with the censorship committee, set up to monitor copyright issues around the story, has been a nightmare. Not having the right to have any contact with the 13 young survivors of the cave, and focused his attention on the unsung heroes of the rescue.
The film tells the story of an Irish diver who participated in the rescue, an American who was there and a farmer who let the water pump from the cave flood his fields.
Director Tom Waller, and a Thai/Irish producer and director based in Bangkok, His other films “The Last Executioner”, “Patong Girl” and “The Elephant King”.
Netflix and Ivanhoe Pictures are also preparing a series on the events surrounding the June/July 2018 rescue.
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