Scala Cinema

1 Rama Road, Siam Square, Pathum Wan,
Bangkok 10330

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SethLewis
SethLewis on December 9, 2013 at 2:47 am

A great cinema going experience profiled earlier this year in Monocle…White gloved ushers…double aisled big screen experience…In my Bangkok years (mid 80s) saw JP Belmondo film here Ace of Aces and Emerald Forest (maybe in sister screen Siam)…This was the very best in Bangkok at the time even if the programming was a bit odd at times

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on May 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Well, I guess I was wrong; this website View link has both an exterior and lobby photo of the Scala (and there is no doubt that it is because of the exterior picture), yet on the APEX Theater’s website, it is not called the Scala but the pictures match up. Now I wonder if the the Scala and the Siam are/were one and the same, and which, if either, survived the rioting.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on May 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm

I do not think the picture cited above is in fact a picture of the Scala, in spite of its labeling on flickr. I appears to be actually a picture of the staircase at the Siam Theater /theaters/32780/ . There is a picture of the entry to the Siam on the theater’s website http://www.apexsiam-square.com/home.asp and the ceiling light fixtures and other details look like the ones in the picture cited. In addition, this website’s description of the Scala: View link makes it sound like it is rather shabby place. The Siam was one of the theaters wrecked in the recent rioting so I don’t know how long its website will stay active.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on May 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm

This one may have escaped the recent rampage of rioting that destroyed three other theaters in the area.

KenRoe
KenRoe on May 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm

A photograph of the foyer, and scroll down for a close-up of the exterior:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/iprahin/3899261067/