Don't bother trying to say the alliterative headline of this post 5 times fast. Trust me, it's a waste of time. I spent a solid two minutes doing just that and I'm not any better for it.
But do feast your eyes on this second post to focus exclusively on Thai movie theater signage. Much like the previous installment, there are many delights to be found in this single facet of Thai movie theater architecture from yesteryear. More often than not, the huge cut-out letters were placed at the edge of the roof, boldly announcing the theater's name.
Architects of movie theaters in Thailand throughout much of the 20th century had a thing for dimensional signage. Part of that proclivity came from the fact that theater builders around the country were examining each others work for cues and inspiration. Since dimensional signage was in trend, it's what took root in the builder's psyche, hence proliferating throughout the relatively closed circuit that was Thai movie theater architecture. That's how evolution works.
Any review of mid-century commercial architecture in Thailand will reveal that dimensional signage was very much in vogue in general. But nowhere was it employed with more consistency then on movie theaters.
Have a look at the proof below.
The Mahachai Rama - Mahachai, Samut Sakhon
The Bang Khae Rama - Bangkok
The Sirichai Theater - Chayaphum
The Khem Sawat Cinema - Fang, Chiang Mai
The Athit Rama - Tha Maka, Kanchanaburi
The Maharat Theater - Krabi
The Kosit Theater - Ban Pong, Ratchaburi
The Burapha Theater - Ban Chang, Rayong
The Khampaheng Saen Rama - Khamphaeng Saen, Nakorn Pathom
The Prince Theater - Bangkok
The Tang Sia Huad Rama - Nakorn Pathom
The Trisuk Theater - Khamphaeng Saen, Nakorn Pathom
The Sermsuk Theater - Kumphawaphi, Udon Thani
The Charoen Pon Rama - Pathumthani
The Aurora Theater - Chanthaburi
The Pak Nam Rama - Pak Nam, Samut Prakarn
The Kitti Rama - Chachoengsao
The Sra Kaew Rama - Sra Kaew
The Siri Phanom Rama - Phanom Sarakam, Chachoengsao