Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pending victory for Scala Theatre, Bangkok cinephiles

In a recent e-mail exchange with the general manager of Apex, an interesting new development was made known.

Apex president Nanta Tansacha has applied to the "Architectural Society" - which I'm guessing is the abbreviated title of "The Association of Siamese Architects Under Royal Patronage" - to have the Scala Theatre certified as architecturally/historically signifigant. The certification will be made in April or May.

No further details were made available.

If this designation comes to fruition, it ought to make it illegal to demolish the Scala.

Still no word about the Lido.

The tropical deco facade of the Scala.

View of imperial staircase, lower lobby

Rotating poster case beside imperial staircase, with five-tiered chandelier in background.

Concession stand

Lobby views

Above the door to the auditorium, a 50 foot long bronze relief depicting Asian civilizations.


The 1000 seat auditorium during the premiere of a locally-produced skateboarding movie held at the Scala in 2009.

You'd have to mentally ill to bring this down.

1 comment:

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