What follows are an selection fairly recent references to Bangkok’s Scala Theater (or Theatre), sorted in chronological order according to publication date:
Scala Theatre @ Siam Square. Name: Scala Theatre @ Siam Square Address: 184 Soi Siam Square 1 Rama 1 Road Pathumwan, 10330 Pathumwan, Bangkok Tel: (02) 251 2861. Payment: Cash Web: http://www.apexsiam-square.com/ Remarks: The Chinese name … BODYholic, also known affectionately as moo ooan (a.k.a fat pig) by his little kratai noi (a.k.a little rabbit), has intense interests in Thai foods, traditional Thai architecture, coffee and cheesecakes. I’ve to add that I’m not a …
Publish Date: 05/13/2009 0:00
Movie palaces like the Scala are testament to an era that has by and large been relegated to the annals of history (or blogs like this); architectural eye candy, which in the digital age don’t really gel with the ways most people …
Publish Date: 09/03/2009 1:36
Bangkok’s Scala. One of my favorite hang-outs in Bangkok is the Scala theater in Siam Square. Liwayway, Bubbles, and I usually watch movies there instead of going to the mall. It’s less crowded in Scala and the movies are cheaper by 60 baht. While waiting for a movie in the … on top of the entrance of the theater. The sculptured piece is a long series of scenes of Asian cultural expressions (music, dance, architecture) and I thought the style looked rather familiar.
Publish Date: 09/21/2009 21:04
“Scala – Built in 1967, with around 900 seats, the Scala is Bangkok’s oldest single-screen movie theater.” — Wikipedia Bangkok, Thailand 2010 See where this picture was taken. [?] … Buildings/Architecture (Group) …
Publish Date: 02/15/2010 0:00
Re-tweeting veen_NT: Note: my last weet on Siam courtesy of Khun Yodyium Theptranont, an architect who considers Siam Theartre as one of Bkk historial sites. – Re-tweeting veen_NT: RIP … Update: Wise Kwai has just posted about the destruction of the cinemas on his blog: “Siam Theatre contributed greatly to the culture of Bangkok movie-going…. an irreplaceable loss. Cinemas like that one are no … The Scala, pictured here, is ok! As is the Lido triplex. But the …
Publish Date: 05/19/2010 16:03
Hundreds of comments and eulogies have been written and posted at Pantip.com and on Facebook since last night’s arson attack on Siam Theatre, as film fans and Bangkok residents share their memories and sadness at the burning of one of Bangkok’s oldest cinemas. Siam Theatre was … I went to see it 44 years ago and sat in the front row as that’s where the cheapest seats were – a ticket cost just Bt7,” says well known architect Yodyium Theptaranon on Facebook.
Publish Date: 05/20/2010 19:51
A collection of photos and memories of the historic cinema house, which was burnt down in Bangkok’s recent arson attacks. … Thankfully its larger, more ornate counterpart in the Apex chain, the 1,000-seat Scala, remains as the crown jewel of Siam Square. … By the 21st century it had reached legendary status, inspiring awe as much for its sleek, 1960s modern architecture as for the movies it projected across its enormous screen,” The Projectionist wrote recently.
Publish Date: 05/28/2010 3:46
Old school Bangkok cinema: The Scala and The Lido. Published by Brock at … 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 …
Publish Date: 09/01/2011 4:42
Sad news today for fans of independent and “foreign” films in Bangkok – Apex Siam Square’s Lido cinemas and the Scala theater are slated for redevelopment by landlord Chulalongkorn University to make way for new shopping malls. The Lido will be the first to close. … It would take a group of wealthy and influential Thai architectural preservationists who are more powerful than the bosses at Chula to see that the Scala is left standing. Posted by Wise Kwai at 8:03 …
Publish Date: 03/14/2012 6:03
The imminent demise of the Lido highlights the issue of urban planning, visions of the cityscape, the scarcity of cultural institutions, the importance of architecture as a form of collective history, and the politics of space, public and private, in Bangkok’s super-prime location. … Since the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre still struggles to provide a real screening room, the end of the Lido and probably Scala means the alternative venue (and alternative cinema?) will cling to …
Publish Date: 03/19/2012 3:09
Nearly two years after the fiery demise of the beloved Siam Theatre, its Siam Square brethren – the Lido and Scala theatres – have been listed for demolition. Should the plans go through, Bangkok’s once-illustrious collection of … the Siam Square neighbourhood is by no means architecturally unique. Throughout Bangkok there are neighbourhoods of similar dimension and architectural gauge, erected with growth-minded profusion during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.
Publish Date: 03/20/2012 20:20
Alarmed and despondent, readers have sent feedback to me regarding last week’s column on the forthcoming demise of the Lido Theatre. … On the popular Pantip website, fans have shared pictures of old and extinct movie houses that once graced Bangkok, not just the Lido or the Scala, but a fantastic array of modernist architecture of the Chalermthai, Odeon, Chalermburi, Empire, Paramount, Athens, all fossilised in sepia photographs and funereal melancholy.
Publish Date: 03/24/2012 23:42
Apex president Nanta Tansacha has applied to the “Architectural Society” – which I’m guessing is the abbreviated title of “The Association of Siamese Architects Under Royal Patronage” – to have the Scala Theatre certified as …
Publish Date: 03/29/2012 6:38
Scala will be the recipient of an “Award for Outstanding Conservation of Art and Architecture 2012,” by the Association of Siamese Architects Under Royal Patronage. The same source says, “should be good news and help to …
Publish Date: 04/03/2012 20:57
On December 31, 2069, Chulalongkorn University – now the envy of Harvard – is honouring the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Scala Theatre by hosting a movie marathon there: “150 Years of Thai Cinema,” is the theme. Prints of old Thai movies, carefully … Conceivably, that far into the future, much of Bangkok’s less-extravagant mid-20th Thai architecture will have already been demolished to make way for the new. As a rare survivor, the Scala would be a …
Publish Date: 04/16/2012 20:39
Scala Cinema, Bangkok A movie theatre with a retro art deco twist Have you ever been to an old retro theatre? How did they maintain the operation of the theatre […]
Publish Date: 03/26/2013 23:18
The Scala in Siam Square is Bangkok’s oldest movie theatre. Built in 1967, its full of old-world charm, from the hand placed red-letter signs announcing what movie is showing to the beautiful domed interior, the Scala is pure …
Publish Date: 04/09/2013 12:14
The buildings along the Ratcha Damnoen Avenue are parts of Bangkok’s architectural landscape and history. These blocks were built along with the construction … You may well be thinking, but Scala Cinema in Siam Square is a throwback to the golden days: It only has one screen but the ornate domed-ceiling, giant chandelier and art-deco decoration will delight visitors as much as the discount 100 baht ticket price. Thankfully, not everything has been frozen in time …
Publish Date: 06/12/2013 2:33
The Scala Cinema foyer is made up of a huge domed ceiling, ornately decorated with art deco bronzed flowers. The double circular staircases wind up to the second floor, passing under a huge white chandelier hanging from the ceiling.
Publish Date: 06/15/2013 1:36
Architect Robert Moses’s massive decision to carve through the city with the Cross Bronx Expressway thus “lacked human sensitivity” as he drilled through the immigrant communities of New York City. … While it still carries the mood of a film district, with older theaters like Lido (est. 1968), Scala (est. 1969), and the Bangkok Art and Culture Center where the month long “marathon” of the Thai Short Film Festival is currently underway, Square One will unfortunately …
Publish Date: 07/19/2013 22:46
… architectural preservation has become a popular topic. With international capital rushing in to the frontier market, a country saturated with natural resources and inexpensive labor, Yangon’s vast inventory of aging architecture has come under duress, and both locals and visitors have noticed. … Hopefully this news will be noted over in neighboring Thailand, where the fate of Bangkok’s exquisite Scala Theatre is still in limbo. Posted by The Projectionist at 6:22 PM.
Publish Date: 09/08/2013 15:22
Scala Theatre Bangkok – Guitarist
nongally Published on 30 Oct 2012
Tommy Emmanuel played at the Scala Theatre Bangkok 28 October 2012. Before his performance (which I did not video to respect his request) there were 4 Thai guitarists.
This is Kh Krit.