Lido Connect

256 Rama Road,
Bangkok 10330

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Lido Connect

As reported in local media, the Lido Cinema closed May 31, 2018 and on August 1, 2019, it celebrated a grand reopening as Lido Connect. Located in Siam Square, the cinema originally opened June 27, 1968, with the Anthony Quinn and Charles Bronson movie “The Guns For San Sebastian”, in 70mm.

According to The Nation Thailand, while operated by Apex Theatres, a fire closed the 1,000-seat Lido Cinema in 1993 and when it reopened in 1996 it held three screens.

Philip Jablon’s 2019 book, “Thailand’s Movie Theatres”, reviewed in the South China Morning Post, tells of the 1970 film “The Omen”, which premiered at the Siam Cinema. It became so popular the same print was used at the Lido Cinema concurrently but the Lido Cinema sold out and it was shown at the Scala Cinema. As each reel finished it was hurried to the next theatre and was said to be the only time in Thai history that a single print was shown in three cinemas at the same time.

Lido Connect contains Lido 1, a 147-seat cinema, with two former cinemas, renamed Lido 2 and Lido 3, converted into space for artists, concerts, musicians, filmmakers, photographers, and others.

Among the first showings in Lido 1 was “RBG”, the American film on the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the South Korean film “Burning”. American folk singer Julie Byrne was one of the first musicians to appear at Lido 2 in August.

Operated by Love Is Entertainment, on property owned by Chulalongkorn University, the renovations were designed by PIA Architecture.

Contributed by Ronald Pierce

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Ron Pierce
Ron Pierce on August 27, 2019 at 7:56 am

2013 video of former Lido Cinema before renovation into Lido Connect.

South China Morning Post

Philip Jablon’s Thailand’s Movie Theatres On Amazon Books , to be released September 2019

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