This cinema hall introduces you to an old theatre with no sign of digital technology. The signature element of the theatre is its entrance hall. Its ceiling is domed with an elevated space. The large chandelier is another highlight of the theatre’s interior. The ambience is marked with a religious serenity. Of course, it belongs to yesteryear’s generation when cinema was one of the few forms of entertainment. Buy your ticket for 100 baht and be ready for an exquisite experience. The cashier will tear the ticket off a printed book. That ticket will have your seat number mentioned. And there are 1000 seats decorated in red velvet. Walk a few steps and you will be greeted by a ten-metre sculpture that showcases Thailand’s history. Do not forget to bring a small packet of popcorn too.
If you look for a vintage experience at a movie theatre in Bangkok, then the Scala Cinema Bangkok is an ideal place to visit. The cinema hall is easy to locate, for one, as it takes only a few minutes to get to the cinema from the BTS station. If you stay at a hotel such as Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, it is only a 15-minute drive away. If you still find yourself having trouble getting there, you can always check a Bangkok city guide or ask a local for advice. If you happen to see a board with handwritten red letters, then you have probably reached the cinema hall. The Scala Cinema Bangkok never puts up digital boards. They always put up handwritten boards to indicate the films being screened.
Except for a theatre or two such as Lido, almost every cinema theatre in Bangkok has been given a technological facelift and offers you a more modern experience. As you step into Scala Cinema Bangkok, you will be entering the old world. Although ‘vintage’ seems to be the theatre’s core theme, you will be able to watch movies fully equipped with digital facilities. The theatre screens both art-house as well as commercial films.
When you are in Bangkok, do not forget to visit this exceptional cinema hall. You will cherish that memory, especially if you belong to yesteryear’s generation of moviegoers.
Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world.