Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Laotian Excusion Update no. 4

Comrades! So the purported "mild case of Dengue Fever" that I mentioned last post turned out to be just a regular old fever which I purged myself of the medieval way - by sweating a lot. Since my triumph over disease, I've been to a few remote Laotian mountain towns and come across some great old movie theaters. In the town of Oudomxay, to name one, there's a theater that was built as a gift of friendship by one of Laos' communist brother nations - a slowly rotting testament to 1980's, Soviet-style, functionalist design in cinema form. A new personal favorite!

For the next few days I'll be in Luang Prabang, where rumor has it that two old theaters are masquerading as trendy boutique hotels.

It's still going to be at least another week before I'm back at the home base and new photos go up. So sit tight, dearest faithful, more of Southeast Asia's dead and dying movie theaters are coming your way soon!

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