Monday, April 20, 2009

The Nakon Nan Rama Theater - Nan, Thailand

Since its inception in the late 1960's, the Nakon Nan Rama Theater was adapted to suit its surroundings, wedged as it is in the middle of an open-air fresh market. The lower level even included space for market stalls, while the auditorium on the second level did the entertaining. One can only imagine countless children sent to the market to pick up groceries, but spending their mother's money on movies instead.

Close proximity to open-air markets is a fairly common trait among the older movie theaters in Thailand.

The space was super narrow, making a full facade shot a difficult task.

The lower level market space, barely in use anymore

What was once the theater auditorium on the upper level. The floor was cut out after the theater closed and the entire structure transformed into market space. When the upper level failed as a market the owner rented out the little stalls as apartments. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Stairs leading to the erstwhile auditorium.

All that remains of the projection room is the frame.

The Nakon Nan Rama Theater: dormant since the early 1990's.

On a side note, the gentleman pictured above is the owner of a little book store located directly next door to the old Nakon Nan Rama. I gave him the run down of what I was doing and asked him a few questions on the subject matter. He didn't know too much about the theater but he said "you like taking pictures of old movie theaters, huh? How about old people?"

Now he is immortalized above.

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