During an on-line search I came across two separate photo collections from two American vets who were stationed at Takli in the late 60's and early 70's. You can see a 1969 picture of the Takli Rama here, the second photo down in Steve Wilson's Takli Gallery II series. The caption reads "Monkhood Entry Procession," but the Takli Rama, back then called the Raja Theater, is visible in the background. The marquee is advertising a film called "Three Swinging Girls" which was a Shaw Brothers production from 1968.
The second photo is from a compilation called Takli Memory Joggers - more photos from American airmen stationed at Takli during the Vietnam War. It was submitted by Mike Koeler and can be seen by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Much to the detriment of movie theater photography, a row of shop houses has since been erected in front of the theater, boxing it in. I found it a little difficult to get a nice photo angle due to this later addition. But as Mike Koeler's picture attests to, the Takli Rama truly was a handsome theater in its hey-day.
In other news, there's a short article in the Film Journal International about a group of native English speakers living in Hua Hin, Thailand who've petitioned the local Major Cineplex, the country's largest purveyor of films, to show more movies with their original English language soundtracks, as opposed to being dubbed in Thai with English subtitles. The results of this petition, which consisted of 392 signatures when submitted on September 30th, are unknown.
It might be worth mentioning, however, that in the past many stand-alone theater owners were savvy to this critical audile issue. As a means of satisfying their majority-Thai audiences without alienating those who wanted or needed the original language soundtracks, most of the theaters built in the 1960's and 70's came equipped with "soundtrack rooms." These rooms were usually located next to the projection room, behind a glass wall, where for a premium one could watch the same movie that everybody else was watching but with the original soundtrack. It was a relatively simple way of keeping everybody happy.
The photo below of the Takli Rama's now-vacant lobby depicts what appears to be an old poster display board, beneath which is a sign in English that says: "Way Up To Sound Track Room"