Sep 01 2011

Old school Bangkok cinema: The Scala and The Lido

Published by at 7:42 pm under Art & culture


While Bangkok offers luxurious movie going options, it also offers old school movie houses as well. Owned by the Ajax Group, The Lido and The Scala used to have a partner in crime called The Siam, but it was burnt down in the 2010 Red Shirt unrest. It was a loss, to be honest, as these three theatres have resisted the relentless wrecking balls of retail development and condo construction, bringing a little taste of what Bangkok was like in the late 1960s.

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The Scala and the Lido are different styles of theatre, but both hail from the same late 1960s era. The Scala is enormous, featuring a main floor and a balcony. If you’re young enough to not remember when there were two Germanys, then you’ve probably never watched a movie in a cinema that can seat a thousand — if you go to a blockbuster screening, it’s riotous. The modern “world of tomorrow” architecture of the Scala is great; it’s well preserved and it suits the space perfectly. The Lido was damaged in a fire and when reconstructed its main theatre was split into three. The theatres are a bit smaller and less grand than the Scala, but it allows them to screen more choices. While the Scala screens quite a few blockbusters, both theatres show an eclectic mix of art house, documentary, and foreign (meaning non-Hollywood and non-Thai) films.

Check out both theatres’ schedules as well as upcoming premiers here. Both are located in the Siam Square area, easily accessible by BTS as well as a short walk from the Saen Saeb Khlong Express Ferry.

Scala Theatre: Soi 1, Rama I Rd (Siam Square), T: (02) 251 2861.
Lido Theatre: Soi 2, Rama I Rd (Siam Square), T: (02) 252 6498.

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  1. think87on 02 Sep 2011 at 7:32 am

    How much is a ticket too one of these theaters? Going to be going to the paragon and doing a luxury movie and would love to do this as well. nice contrast of different theaters.

  2. Brockon 05 Sep 2011 at 7:11 am

    It depends on the show, but they are normally 100 baht.

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