The street-side marquee, now a mere vestige, still beckons weary beings to escape the scorching Isan sun and doldrums of daily life.
Three years too late, and the Thepnakon Rama is a parking lot. An unfortunate fate for such an imposing building, but better than a date with the demolition man. I was lucky to meet Mr. Chayan, a lifelong resident of Nakon Phanom, standing in front of the dormant theater as I perused the grounds in search of a nice angle. Mr. Chayan, owner of a small jewelry shop on the opposite side of the plaza, recalled that the theater was built in the early 1970's and that it screened films until only a few years ago. When I told him that I was taking photos of old theaters for archival purposes, he volunteered to drive me around town in search of the other old cinemas he remembered. Sadly, the others had long ago met their demise.I am nonetheless grateful to Mr. Chayan for his hospitality and the sympathy he showed towards this odd project.
There used to be a total of four theaters in the city, including the Thepnakon Rama and the Sri Thep Cineplex, which is still operating.
The Thepnakon Rama closed down 3 years ago.