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Siem Reap offers a much more intimate and personal cinematic experience compared to some of its nighbours.

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The Platinum Cineplex on Sivatha Boulevard opened in mid-2015, and expats are still coming down from the high despite early jitters over the fact that locals took it to be just another place to eat dinner, deeply discuss wedding plans and catch up on phone calls to family and friends in Paris. They show a mix of Khmer and Western new releases in 2D and 3D, and tickets only cost $4, which you can book and pay for online, or when you arrive. This is revolutionary stuff for dusty Siem Reap. They show recent releases in air-con comfort you wouldn’t be able to distinguish from any similarly sized cinema in the West.

The view you won't see from Soria Moria.

The view you won’t see from Soria Moria.

But that is not all. On Mondays, Soria Moria on Wat Bo road hosts their weekly movie night on their rooftop bar. They have two movies, one at 18:00 and another at 20:00, free popcorn, and a great view, though you can’t see it because it’ll be dark. For details of which films will be showing, contact the hotel. They often show movies on other nights of the week, too.

The New Leaf Book Cafe hosts regular movie screenings of documentaries and films that tended to be geared towards the development sector or Cambodia. They’re usually an interesting chance to get to meet some of those who work for NGOs in Siem Reap. Check out the New Leaf events calendar for more information.

1961 - boutique hotel turned coworking space.

Boutique hotel turned coworking space turned cinema.

The 1961 Co-working & Art Space also hosts film screenings — and other events — from time to time. It’s worth keeping an eye on their Facebook page for more information.

In 2015, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor revived their Cinema Paradiso evenings, gorgeous soirees of film, glamour, cocktails and canapes. The tickets are $25, and you can check for details on their Facebook page.

So you see, we might not be all bright and glitzy like Bangkok, but Bangkok’s monster movie theatres can’t serve you up a rooftop cocktail while you’re watching Vertigo, or a pile of maple drenched crepes over Breakfast at Tiffany’s, can they?


What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Siem Reap.
 Check prices, availability & reviews on Agoda or Booking
 Read up on where to eat on Siem Reap.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Siem Reap.
 Read up on how to get to Siem Reap, or book your transport online with Camboticket.
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