Affordable dinner and a movie

Time for a date

What we say: 3.5 stars

Movie theatres in Bangkok run the gamut from shining, multiple screen palaces of movie consumption to ageing-yet-still-grand examples of mid-sixties architecture. Dinner and a movie are among the most affordable of Bangkok entertainment, especially with all of the great street food available in the City of Angels.

Entrance to one of Bangkok's modern cineplex

Entrance to one of Bangkok's modern cineplexes.

So where to eat and what to see? Well, the movie choice is all yours, but here are’s recommendations for a nosh and a film. Check movie times using the local English-language newspapers, the Bangkok Post or The Nation, or everyone’s old friend Google.

Gleaming modernity
Can you be sad when everything is shiny and new? Sounds like the plot to an arthouse hit. Come and try at Terminal 21, Bangkok’s trendiest mall. The food on Level 5 at Terminal 21 is actually pretty great — don’t miss the roasted duck served on noodles for 45 baht — and the movie screens show the latest Hollywood offerings. Tickets start at 120 baht, food 40-115 baht a plate.

Mad Men-style, tropical execution
We have written about the Lido and Scala theatres in Siam Square before and they are highly recommended for their alternative offerings. Tickets start at 100 baht. The food choices in the area are plentiful and fantastic, as well; pre-film snacking has a great home at Food Plus Hawker Centre, located between Siam Sq Soi 5 and Siam Sq Soi 6 (it’s easier to find from Soi 6 as there is no sign in Soi 5). Peruse the many different kinds of food at the stalls, order and they’ll bring you your food when ready. Dishes from around 30-50 baht, drinks 10-15 baht. Som Tam Neua (Siam Sq Soi 4) is a cool looking place that pumps out good Isaan food at reasonable prices (35-90 baht a plate), and serves beer as well if you are in the mood.

Arthouse, followed by Dancehouse
HouseRCA screens arthouse and indie films exclusively, and is conveniently located for some post-movie dance action. Tickets 120 baht. Start your evening with some food at the excellent Taksura (RCA Road, next to the Triumph motorcycle shop), head over to HouseRCA to watch a thought-provoking film, and then wander back down RCA Road to get your groove on at one of the clubs that starts bumping right about the time the late show gets out. It’s all a short taxi or motorcycle taxi ride from Petchburi station on the MRT.

Terminal 21, NW corner of Sukhumvit Rd and Asoke Rd. (T): 02 651 2888
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.
HouseRCA, 31/8 RCA Rd, Huai Kwang, (T): 02 641 5177

Last updated: 9th March, 2015

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