Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Mansruang Theater - Phrae, Thailand

"M" on the marquee border stands for.............


Once the cinematic pride of Phrae, in the late 1990's the Mansruang Theater was abandoned and left for dead.

Though its former glory may have faded, the Mansruang stands tall in the heart of the city.

A stately reminder of past times and past pleasures.

Up against the triple threat of abandonment, decay and the passage of time, the Mansruang perseveres, awaiting the benevolent hand of investment for a second chance.

But can the Mansruang withstand a rendezvous with the wrecking claw?

(The Mansruang Theater was built in the mid-1960's. It's name was taken from the former name of Phrae province, which dates back to its days as a semi-autonomous kingdom, circa the 13th century.)


To each and everybody out there, on the 18th I embark on a recon mission to Nong Khai, Thailand, followed by a trip to the little town of Chiang Khan in Loei province, where I have been informed an old theater stands on the banks of the Mekong. If by chance anybody's gonna be in either of those places in the coming days and would like to link up, drop a note, I'd be happy to oblige.

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