The pristine condition of the Ngamwongwan Theater is testament, I imagine, to the pride of its owners. Each and every fixture, from poster cases, to lobby chandeliers and the marquee in front, still has that factory-fresh look to it. The street-side sign continues to cast its neon illumination across the evening road. A time capsule in every dimension save for programming.
As keepers of history, holders of an artifact both adored and romanticized, the owners are a suspicious pair. Only a few years ago their revenue was slashed by the coming of an EGV multiplex to a nearby shopping mall. As a result, they no longer control the movie exhibition market in the Ngamwongwan neighborhood. This has soured them to humanity, apparently. Misanthropes, they've become. Despite my pleas, my explanations, my promises of glorification on the pages of the internet, they turned me away. Cold and callous, without remorse. Hence I only have shots of the exterior.
By no means should an owner with an Ebeneezer Scrooge-like disposition stop you from seeing the Ngamwongwan Theater in person. Tickets are only 50 baht, and everything is top quality. The auditorium has been reduced in size to account for the smaller crowds and save on air-conditioning costs, but it's still a treat watch a movie there. Daily double-features are.........
Wait a minute! I'm just checking the listings for Bangkok's double-feature theaters. There's nothing listed for the Ngamwongwan. Could it be out of business?