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  • LIFE

    Scala doc to open film festival

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/03/2016

    » Our cinematic monument of majesty, the last palatial cinema house in town, the Scala on Siam Square stands alone in defiance and melancholy as a remnant of a different era. As its fate -- the spectre of eventual demolition -- keeps popping up in the news every few years, the movie house is now the subject of a documentary film. The Scala, directed by Aditya Assarat, is part of a pan-Asia ensemble called The Power Of Asian Cinema that will screen as the opener of the 6th Salaya International tomorrow.

  • LIFE

    A phoenix rising

    Life, Tatat Bunnag, Published on 02/08/2019

    » When the Lido Theatre announced it was closing in May 2018 after over 50 years in operation as one of Bangkok's legendary three Apex's classic stand-alone cinemas long known for its unique programming of non-Hollywood titles and old-fashioned architectural style, a thousand fans congregated to bid a final farewell.

  • WORLD

    Trump says Greta Thunberg should 'chill,' go to movies

    AFP, Published on 12/12/2019

    » WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday slammed Time magazine's naming of Greta Thunberg as 2019 Person of the Year, saying the Swedish teen climate activist should "chill" and go see a movie.

  • EASY NEWS

    Trump tells Greta Thunberg to 'chill' and see movies

    Gary Boyle, Published on 13/12/2019

    » President Donald Trump dismissed teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, named Time Magazine Person of the Year, with the suggestion that she "chill" and go to the movies.

  • LIFE

    Comedic fun with whodunnit

    Life, Tatat Bunnag, Published on 13/12/2019

    » Old-fashioned whodunnit or detective murder-mystery stories are very successful as novels and television series, but we don't get to see as many of them on film nowadays, let alone a decent one. We may have had the remake of Murder On The Orient Express two years ago, although the movie was kind of a flop, or there's the Sherlock Holmes movie franchise with Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. But even those are based on already very popular characters in literature.

  • LIFE

    Adieu, dear Lido

    Life, Published on 31/05/2018

    » Today is the last day of operations for the Lido, the quaint, old-school and beloved movie house. The final screenings tonight on Lido's three screens will be the Japanese film Tonight At the Romance Theatre, another Japanese movie Kid On The Slope and a Buster Keaton's silent film Sherlock Jr, which is part of the Silent Film Festival Thailand. All three shows have been fully booked, and it's expected that the cinema will receive thousands of fans who come to say goodbye throughout the day.

  • LIFE

    Cinema scope

    Life, Published on 12/07/2016

    » Decades have passed since the residents of Bang Rak have been able to count a proper cinema in their vicinity. The tight-knit neighbourhood -- sited near the river and the financial downtown of Silom -- is known for its kaleidoscopic mix of architecture, mom-and-pop businesses and narrow streets, and the district was once home to several stand-alone cinemas all within walking distance of each other. Over the years, those cinemas went out of business as Bangkok expanded to the north and east, and disinvestment gradually drained the old-fashioned district of some vitality.

  • THAILAND

    Last light at Lido

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/05/2018

    » The Lido Theatre opened on June 27, 1968, a 1,000-seat movie palace in the fast-modernising neighbourhood of Pathumwan. The first title on the marquee was Guns For San Sebastian, a cowboy film starring Anthony Quinn.

  • LIFE

    Life, love, liberation

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 15/09/2017

    » In the sole Thai film showing at Toronto International Film Festival this week, a soap opera star stuck in a loveless marriage tangles with an eccentric hitman and a powerful cult. Samui Song is the latest feature film by Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang, who's fashioned a crime thriller that also plays as a critique of many things: patriarchal oppression, faux-Buddhism, public healthcare and the act of cinema-making itself.

  • BUSINESS

    The Nutty Director

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 17/08/2015

    » Different editions of Koh-Kae bags are displayed in wooden frames on a shelf in the fifth-floor executive cubicle. Colourful peanut cans are arranged neatly underneath the glass tabletop next to a small side table bearing an old-fashioned lamp.

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