Monday, December 25, 2017

One Person's Trash

In the days before the corporate world came to reign supreme over the movie exhibition business, movie theaters had a whole lot more character than they do today. That goes for just about everything from the architecture of the theaters themselves, right down to the tickets they sold.

Speaking of tickets, it wasn't so long ago that tickets to movies in Thailand had a real charm to them. While some distinguished their theater's tickets by using very basic patterns, others were minor masterpieces designed by professional artists. The best of them were so finely detailed that they resembled actual currency, utilizing the same intaglio printmaking techniques that is indeed used in the design of money.  

For those accustomed to the computer printed tickets that are now the norm at Thailand's omnipresent multiplexes, let the collection below prove that there was once much more to this piece of ephemera than mere corporate logic.  

The Empire Theater - Bangkok

Some theaters had the custom of printing the logo and name of the film on their tickets if it was highly anticipated. That was the case for The Empire Theater pictured above. The movie on display is for the Thai spy thriller Hao Dong

The Cathay Theater - Bangkok

The Prakanong Theater - Bangkok. 

The Odeon Theater - Bangkok

The two tickets for The Odeon Theater pictured above and below were free entry tickets. The theater manager's actual signature can be seen written in purple ink. They are likely from the 1950's or 60's.

The Odeon - Bangkok

Two versions of the ticket for The Capitol Theater - Bangkok

Speaking of The Capitol Theater, I took the logo from the ticket above and printed it on a t-shirt. I've been selling that t-shirt, pictured below, to raise funds for more research and photography of Southeast Asia's dwindling stand-alone movie theaters. So if you want to grab yourself a nice T and support a starving photographer at the same time, this is your chance.

Each Capitol Theater t-shirt is $15 (free shipping if you're in Thailand). If you're outside of Thailand the shipping is an additional $15 dollars (sorry, but international shipping isn't cheap). Unfortunately, I only have sizes L and XL left in stock.

Click on the PayPal button below to get yours today.  

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