List of cinemas in Thailand

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Cinemas in Thailand are popular venues for entertainment. Especially in Bangkok, the movie theaters tend to be multiplex facilities offering many other forms of entertainment besides movies, such as bowling or karaoke, along with restaurants and small shops.

The films playing in Thai cinemas are usually first-run Hollywood features, which tend to dominate the box-office scene.[1] There is a burgeoning Thai film industry that is making dozens of films each year that are increasingly popular with local audiences, and routinely outpace the Hollywood films at the box office. Films from other Asian countries, such as Korea, Japan and Hong Kong, are popular as well.

The movie-theater business in Thailand is led by the Major Cineplex Group, which owns the Major Cineplex chain as well as the EGV chain and operates the Paragon Cineplex at Siam Paragon as well as Thailand's IMAX theaters.[2] Behind the combined Major Cineplex-EGV, which has a 50 percent market share, the SF Group is the No. 2 operator, with a 35 percent share.[3] Smaller chains include Apex in Bangkok's Siam Square, Thana Cineplex, Major Hollywood and UMG. In Chiang Mai, there is the Vista cinema. In Southern Thailand, there is the Coliseum chain.

As of 2007, there were 570 screens in Thailand, with 300 in the Bangkok metropolitan area. Nationwide, the person-to-screen ratio is 170 people per screen, with a 30:1 ratio in Bangkok.[3]

Ticketing, seating and customs[edit]

An assortment of ticket stubs from Bangkok cinemas, circa 2006.

Ticket prices range from around 70 baht to 160 baht, depending on the time of day, the day of the week, the location of the theater and the movie being screened. In Bangkok cinemas, the price for new-release films will generally be 140 to 160 baht.

Seating is assigned; audience members make their choice of seating on a computer screen at the box office. Online ticketing is available on theater-chain websites. Automated phone booking is available as well.

Before the film, the audience must stand for the "Royal Anthem", which is accompanied by a montage of images of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Most theaters in Thailand keep the air conditioning very cold; patrons often bring a light sweater or jacket.[1]

The EGV chain has "Gold Class" cinemas, which have smaller screening rooms fitted with reclining seats, blankets and pillows. Prices for a Gold Class show range from 300 baht to 500 baht. The Major Cineplex chain offers comparable "Emperor" class seating, while SF Cinema has "First Class" and "VIP" screenings and Major Hollywood has "Star" seats. Paragon Cineplex has "Ultra Screen" theaters. Some cinemas, including Major Cineplex, EGV and Major Hollywood, have sofa-style seating at the back of the auditoriums, intended for couples. Customers who purchase these types of seats may sit in a lounge before the show and may be provided with free drinks or popcorn. Food and drinks may also be ordered and will be served by theater staff as the movie is playing.[4]

Language and subtitling[edit]

In central Bangkok and cities with many tourists and foreign residents, such as Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket, foreign films (including Hollywood releases) will have the original soundtrack (called "soundtrack") with Thai subtitles. Outside of tourism centers and in some suburban Bangkok cinemas, all the foreign films, including Hollywood films, will generally be dubbed into Thai language.

Films from other Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, often play in Thailand theaters, but the soundtracks will usually be dubbed into Thai. Exceptions to this will be found at the Apex chain theaters in Siam Square and at House cinema on Royal City Avenue.

Often, films from Hollywood, such as The Da Vinci Code, as well as films from European countries that feature languages other than English, will have only Thai subtitles.[1]

For Thai films, most cinemas in tourism centers will have English subtitles.

Film ratings[edit]

A motion picture rating system to replace the 1930 Film Code was passed by the National Legislative Assembly in 2007 and was implemented in 2010.

Under the 1930 Film Code, the Board of Censors reviewed all films to be shown in Thailand and made cuts or altered scenes that were deemed inappropriate. The board was made up of members of the Royal Thai Police and Ministry of Culture officials. Members of various interest groups, such as Buddhist monks, physicians or teachers, are sometimes consulted about whether certain films would offend them.

Traditionally, depictions of sex and nudity are dealt with most heavy-handedly, with scenes being cut, pixelated or obscured by petroleum jelly. Profanity and violence are generally left intact.

Apex[edit]

The Apex Group of cinemas comprise the Lido, Scala and Siam theaters in Siam Square in Bangkok. The company is owned by the Tansacha family and is headed by Nanta Tansacha.[5] The theaters were built in the late 1960s and have changed little since, making possible a retro movie-going experience that can't be found at the shopping-mall multiplexes. The theaters tend to not be as crowded as the other cinemas in central Bangkok, and it's usually possible to obtain the most-desired seating just minutes before showtime. The Apex cinemas not only show first-run Hollywood films, but also many art films, which is unique in Thailand, other than the House theater on Royal City Avenue. Among the events exclusive to the Apex is the annual Little Big Film Project, in which a series of foreign independent films are shown over the course of several weeks.

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
Lido 3 675 Siam Square, Pathum Wan, opposite Siam Center The Lido cinemas are an older multiplex dating back to the late 1960s. They often screen Japanese, Korean and other foreign films and offer both Thai and English subtitles. All seats are 100 baht.
Scala 1 900 Siam Square, Pathum Wan, opposite Siam Discovery Center The Scala Theatre was built in 1967. The screen is 21 meters wide and 8.7 meters tall.[5] Ticket buyers point out what seats they desire on a paper chart in the ticket booth. Also in the lobby are hand-painted movie advertisements, which were commonplace in Thailand until the 1990s, when large-scale screen printing became available. First-run Hollywood features are usually featured at the Scala, with the films moving to the Lido cinemas in subsequent weeks. The Scala is occasionally booked for live shows and private functions. Tickets are 100 baht for normal seats and 120 baht for stadium-style seating at the rear of the auditorium.
Siam 1 832 Siam Square, Pathum Wan, opposite Siam Paragon

Siam Theatre was burnt down during the political unrest in Bangkok on 19 May 2010.

Coliseum Multiplex[edit]

Coliseum Multiplex is a chain of movie theaters in Southern Thailand.

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
Coliseum Multiplex 4 The Mall Tha-Pra Shopping Center, Bangkok
Coliseum Multiplex 3 Lee Garden, Hat Yai
Coliseum Multiplex 6 Paradise Shopping Plaza, Phuket City
Coliseum Multiplex 5 Diana Department Store, Hat Yai, Songkhla Province
Coliseum Multiplex 4 Robinson Ocean, Nakhon Si Thammarat
Coliseum Multiplex 3 Tesco Lotus Surat Thani
Coliseum Multiplex 1 Trang Rama Trang Province
Coliseum Multiplex 5 The Coliseum Shopping Mall Surat Thani
Coliseum Multiplex 3 Phatthalung

Major Cineplex Group[edit]

Main article: Major Cineplex

Major Cineplex, combined with the EGV chain, is the largest operator of cinemas in Thailand. Its operations are concentrated in Bangkok. Major Cineplex's cinemas are divided into five brands which are Major Cineplex, EGV, Paragon Cineplex, Paradise Cineplex and Esplanade Cineplex.

1. Current Branches

In Bangkok district

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
Major Cineplex Bang Kapi 10 Tesco Lotus Bang Kapi, Lat Phrao Road
Major Cineplex Bang Na 10 Central City Bang Na On sixth floor of a Central Group shopping mall, adjacent to Major Hit bowling alley, karaoke booths, restaurants, shops and the Leo Land water amusement park.
Major Cineplex Central Pinklao 12 1900 Central Pinklao, Pinklao-Nakhon Chaisri Road Rebranded from an EGV location.
Major Cineplex Chaeng Wattana 5 The Avenue Chaeng Wattana, next to Big C Supercenter on Chaeng Wattana Road Mall anchored by cineplex, with Big Echo karaoke, shops and restaurants.
Major Cineplex Fashion Island 11 Fashion Island, Ram Inthra Road, Min Buri Formerly an EGV cinema but was rebranded after the Major Cineplex and EGV chains merged.
Major Cineplex Future Park Rangsit 10 Future Park Rangsit Rebranded from an EGV location.
Major Cineplex Nonthaburi 7 Nonthaburi
Major Cineplex Phetchakasem 6 Phetkasem Road, Bangkok
Major Cineplex Pinklao 13 Boromarachachonnanee Road, Bang Phlat The first Major Cineplex complex, it opened in 1996. Opposite Central Plaza Pinklao, Bangkok Noi.
Major Cineplex Ratchayothin 15 4014+ Phahonyothin Road, Lat Yao, Chatuchak The former flagship branch of the Major Cineplex chain was opened in 1998. It had Thailand's first IMAX theater until the IMAX operation was moved to Paragon Cineplex in 2006. The shopping mall is anchored by the cineplex, with shops, restaurants, a bowling alley, karaoke and a fitness center. An IMAX Digital Theatre was opened here in 2010.[6]
Major Cineplex Rama II 9 Central Plaza Rama II,
Major Cineplex Rama III 9 Central Plaza Rama III A former United Artists multiplex, Major Cineplex took it over and remodeled it in 2003.
Major Cineplex Ramkhamhaeng 7 Ramkhamhaeng Road, Bang Kapi Major Cineplex's second complex.
Major Cineplex Rangsit 16 Phahonyothin Road, Rangsit, Pathum Thani The first megaplex in Asia.
Major Cineplex Samrong 12 Imperial World Samrong, Sukhumvit Road, Samut Prakan Formerly an EGV Cinema but was rebranded after the Major Cineplex and EGV chains merged.
Major Cineplex Samsen 6 Supreme Complex Shopping Mall, Samsen Rd, Bangkok Opened 23 September 2010
Major Cineplex Srinakarin 5 Tesco Lotus, Srinakarin
Major Cineplex Sukhumvit 8 Sukhumvit Soi 61, Watthana A shopping center anchored by the movie theater with restaurants, shops, bowling alley and karaoke, the Sukhumvit branch sometimes has late shows. It is near the Skytrain's Ekamai station, opposite the Eastern Bus Terminal.

In Province district

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
Major Cineplex Ayutthaya 4 Big C, Ayutthaya , includes 10-lane bowling alley.
Major Cineplex Amatanakorn 5 Tesco Lotus, Amata Nakorn Industrial District, Chonburi
Major Cineplex Ban Pong 5 Tesco Lotus, Ban Pong, Ratchaburi
Major Cineplex Chachoengsao 5 1572 Chachoengsao Center Part of complex anchored by Big C, has 12-lane bowling alley.
Major Cineplex Chiang Mai 7 Central Plaza, Chiang Mai Airport Normal-class seat is priced at 100-120 baht. On Tuesday there is a special discount in all classes. Honeymoon seat is available, providing larger seat pitch and legroom. Emperor-class reclining seat is also available at 500 baht with a complimentary drink or popcorn.
Major Cineplex Chiang Rai 10 Central Plaza, Chiang Rai
Major Cineplex Chonburi 4 Big C Chonburi
Major Cineplex Hua Hin 4 Hua Hin Market Village Opened February 2006, large-scale shopping mall has a Tesco Lotus, bowling alley and many stores. Does not often show English-soundtrack films.
Major Cineplex Krabi 4 Tesco Lotus, Krabi Opened December 2007, includes 8-lane bowling alley.
Major Cineplex Nakhon Sawan 5 Nakhon Sawan
Major Cineplex Lotus Nawanakorn 4 Tesco Lotus, Nawanakhon
Major Cineplex Big C Nawanakorn 3 Big C, Nawanakhon
Major Cineplex Pattaya 8 The Avenue Pattaya, Second Road, Pattaya Stand-alone branch with Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl.
Major Cineplex Phetchaboon 4 Tesco Lotus, Phetchabun
Major Cineplex Phitsanulok 4 Tesco Lotus Phitsanulok
Major Cineplex Salaya 5 Tesco Lotus, Salaya
Major Cineplex Samui 3 Tesco Lotus, Ko Samui includes 12-lane bowling alley.
Major Cineplex Saraburi 4 Suk-Anan park shopping mall, saraburi
Major Cineplex Thanyaburi 5 Big C, Thanyaburi
Major Cineplex Ubon Ratchathani 5 Ubon Ratchathani A former NPV multiplex, Major Cineplex took it over and remodeled it in 2005.
Major Cineplex Udon Thani 8 Central Plaza Udon Thani
Major Cineplex Kamphaeng Phet 4 Big C, Kamphaeng Phet

EGV[edit]

EGV was the first multiplex cinema operator in Thailand. The No. 2 operator of cinemas, it merged with Major Cineplex in 2004.

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
EGV Bang Khae 10 1900 Seacon Bangkae, Petchkasem Road, Bang Khae The first multiplex theater in Thailand, built in 1994 situated in the former Future Park Bangkae Shopping Mall before taken over by Seacon Development Public Co., Ltd. In August 2010 it was temporarily closed for big renovated and will be opened in April 2012.
EGV Five Stars Korat 8 The Mall Korat, Mitraphap Road, Nakhon Ratchasima
EGV Lad Phrao 7 1826 Imperial World, Lad Phrao Road Also has Gold Class.
EGV Omyai 5 Omyai, Nakhon Pathom
EGV Sri Racha 4 1350 Pacific Park, Si Racha, Chonburi Province
EGV Seacon 14 3100 Seacon Square, Srinakarin Road, Prawet Has one Gold Class cinema.
EGV Khon Kaen 5 Tesco Lotus Extra Khon Kaen Opened in December 2011

Paragon Cineplex[edit]

Paragon Cineplex is located in the Siam Paragon shopping mall, and is operated by the Major Cineplex Group.

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
Krung Sri IMAX 1 600 Siam Paragon, Pathum Wan Opened June 2006; moved from former location at Major Ratchayothin.
Paragon Cineplex 15 3450 Siam Paragon, Pathum Wan Opened in early 2006 on the fifth floor of the shopping mall, the cineplex includes the Siam Pavalai, a 1,200-seat theater. There are six smaller, luxury "Ultra Screen" cinemas, with reclining seats, as well as Enigma, a members-only cinema and lounge.

Esplanade Cineplex[edit]

Esplanade Cineplex is located in The Esplanade (Bangkok) shopping mall, and is operated by the Major Cineplex Group.

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
Esplanade Cineplex Ratchada 12 2700 Esplanade Ratchada, Ratchadaphisek Road, Din Daeng A flagship branch for the Major Cineplex chain opened in December 2006. It includes a 22-lane bowling alley, an ice-skating rink, shops and restaurants. It is near the Bangkok Metro's Thailand Cultural Centre station.
Esplanade Cineplex Rattanathibate 16 4200 The Esplanade (Ngamwonwan-Khaerai) Rattanathibate Road, Nonthaburi The second branch in the Esplanade Cineplex's chain. It includes a 22-lane bowling alley,15 karaoke rooms, an ice-skating rink 2-times larger than Rachadaphisek branch, 7,435 sq.m. retail space.Including the MMAX Theatre, the Thailand's biggest Digital 3D Screen. It is expected to open in December 2009. It is located in the premise of Tesco Lotus Rattanathibate at Kae-Lai Intersection

Paradise Cineplex[edit]

Paradise Cineplex is located in the Paradise Park up-scale shopping mall, a former Seri Center on Srinakarin Road and operated by the Major Cineplex Group.

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
Paradise Cineplex 8 Paradise Park, Prawet A former Major Cineplex, the multiplex was expanded from six to eight screens and rebranded as Paradise Cineplex on 4 August 2010. In keeping with the shopping mall's aims, the multiplex is marketed as an upscale luxury cinema focused on high-income customers lived in eastern Bangkok and the suburbs near Srinakarin Road, Suvarnabhumi Airport and the Bangna-Trad Road area.

Mega Cineplex[edit]

Mega Cineplex is located in the Maga Bangna shopping mall, and is operated by the Major Cineplex Group.

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
Mega Cineplex 15 Siam Future Mega Bangna, Bangkok 15 DigitaiCinema with Blu-O bowling and karaoke and Sub-Zero ice skate rink.

Major Hollywood[edit]

Major Hollywood is a small chain of cinemas in suburban Bangkok.

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
Major Hollywood Suksawat 7 Suksawat Road, Ratburana The first branch of Major Hollywood cinema chain.
Major Hollywood Chaeng Watthana 10 1799 Chaeng Watthana Road, Pak Kret, Nonthaburi There are 3 types of auditoriums. First, 8 Standard auditoriums with total 1713 seats.Second, 1 auditorium named Major Hollywood's "Sweet" cinemas are fitted with couches and are designed for couples provided only 56 seats.Third,1 auditorium named Major Hollywood's "Star" cinemas are small screening rooms fitted with thickly padded reclining seats, with tableside food-and-beverage service provided only 30 v.i.p. seats.There are also bowling alley and karaoke rooms.
Major Hollywood Ramkhamhaeng 10 Ramkhamhaeng Road, Bang Kapi, opposite Ramkhamhaeng University Three-story complex has a shopping arcade, snack shops, 18-lane bowling alley and karaoke facilities. There are also "Sweet" and "Star" v.i.p auditoriums.All standard auditoriums has leg-space up to 1.5 meter with new style comfortable seat.
U Hollywood N/A Phahonyothin Rd. opposite Central Lat Proa Shopping Mall.6th floor on Union Mall Shopping Complex. The world class eco-cinema concept opening in 14 Jan 2012 Thailand Children's Day.

Nevada[edit]

Nevada is chain in northeastern Thailand.

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
Nevada Multiplex Ubon Ratchathani 7 2100 Ubon Ratchathani A cinema and hotel complex was the first multiplex in Thailand.
Nevada 3 Sakon Nakhon
Nevada 3 Roi Et
Nevada Udon Thani Located at IT Plaza

SF Group[edit]

Main article: SF Group

SF Cinema City[edit]

SF Cinema City is one of the brand names of SF Group. SF Cinema City, dubbed SFC is targeted at middle-class families and teenagers. Its location is designed under the theme of Orange and White in relation to its logo and corporate identity system.[7]

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
SF Cinema City Bang Khae 8 2088 The Mall Bang Khae, Phetkasem Road Opened in August 2001 in suburban shopping center under the concept "Movie Fantasy".
SF Cinema City Bang Kapi 14 3639 The Mall Bangkapi, Lat Phrao Road Opened in August 2001 in suburban shopping center under the concept of "Movie Pavilion". Includes one VIP auditorium. Has digital capability.
SF Cinema City Bangsaen 4 1200 Laemthong Shopping Center Bangsaen Cholburi Opened in February 2010
SF Cinema City Chanthaburi 6 1100 Robinson Department Store, Chanthaburi Renovated from SF Multiplex in 2008.
SF Cinema City Central Chonburi 8 1800 CentralPlaza Chonburi Opened in March 2009
SF Cinema City Jungceylon 5 Jungceylon Shopping Complex, Phuket Oriental-themed entertainment complex and shopping mall with bowling and karaoke. Opened in October 2007.
SF Cinema City Khon Kaen 9 2400 CentralPlaza Khon Kaen Opened in December 2009
SF Cinema City Laemchabang 4 Harbor Mall Shopping Center, Laemchabang, Amphoe Si Racha, Chonburi Province Opened in March 2009.
SF Cinema City Laem Thong Rayong 5 2026 Leam Thong Shopping Center, Rayong Renovated from SF Multiplex in 2008.
SF Cinema City MBK 8 2120 MBK Center, Pathum Wan The company's first multiplex branch, opened in 1999 under the theme "Movie Planet". Also has VIP cinema, bowling alley, karaoke; at Skytrain's National Stadium station. Has digital capability. Currently undergoing a comprehensive renovation program.
SF Cinema City Ngamwongwan 11 2922 The Mall Ngamwongwan Opened August 2001 in suburban shopping mall under the theme "Movie Ocean". Has digital capability. Renovated in November 2007.
SF Cinema City Pattaya 6 1610 Central Center Pattaya, third floor The "Theatre on the Beach" has English-soundtrack films and late shows until 1-2 a.m. daily. Renovated in October 2007.
SF Cinema City Ramintra 6 2100 Central Plaza Ramindra Formerly a UMG cinema, taken over by SF in 2006. The cinema was the first to display the corporate identity and interior design model adopted by SF Group in 2007.
SF Cinema City Rattanathibet 7 CentralPlaza Rattanathibet, Nonthaburi Large shopping mall anchored by a Robinson department store, with bowling, karaoke, playland and restaurants.Opened in 2006.
SF Cinema City Terminal 21 8 2000 Terminal 21 Asoke Junction, Bangkok Opened in October 2011
SF Cinema City Tha Phra 8 The Mall Tha Phra, Bangkok Facility to be expanded to up to 12 screens. There is also a bowling alley at the complex. The cinema is being promoted as "High Class Luxury Cinema Experience". Renovated facility opened in October 2007.
SF Cinema City The Forum 7 1926 Forum Department Store, Chonburi
SF Cinema City The Square Bangyai 5 1200 Bangyai Square Bangkok Opened in June 2009
SF Cinema City Trang 3 900 Robinson Lifestyle Center Trang
SF Cinema City Suphanburi 4 Robinson Lifestyle Center Suphanburi Opened on 2 March 2012 and have 1 3DCinema
SF Cinema City Ubon Ratchathani 7 City Mall Shopping Center @ Sunee Tower Ubon Ratchathani Opened on 7 March 2012
SF Cinema City Udon Thani 8 Landmark Plaza Udon Thani Opened in February 2013

SF Multiplex[edit]

SF Multiplex is SF Group's economical brand of cinemas, with operations concentrated in Eastern Thailand. It caters to the locals and it offers a high-quality movie experience and a budget cost.

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
SF Multiplex Prachinburi 2 250 BigC, Prachinburi
SF Multiplex Bangsan 4 1200 Saveland Department Store, Chonburi
SF Multiplex Chalermthai 2 500 Pothong Road, Chonburi
SF Multiplex Krang 2 Rayong

SF World Cinema[edit]

SF World Cinema is SF Group's flagship cinema location. It is located within CentralWorld in Bangkok. It caters to a top-end level of customers with services under the concept of "personalized touch" for every type of customers. Opened in January 2007 with a total of 15 screens and 4,121 seats, it is the flagship branch of the SF chain. The cinema is a venue for film premieres and festivals. Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre is adjacent. The cinema also houses a number of digital projectors. The cinema has re-opened in October 2010 after undergoing extreme renovation due to the 2010 Red Shirt Protest and the following mass arson causing the CentralWorld mall to be engulfed in flames.

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
SF World Cinema 11 2915 CentralWorld, seventh floor
World First Class Cinemas 2 180 CentralWorld, eighth floor The First Class cinemas at SF World offers seating with motorized recline, pre-show buffet, cocktail reception, five-star service and unlimited popcorn and drinks in the cinema.
World Happiness Screen 1 126 CentralWorld, ninth floor The cinema is tastefully decorated in a vibrant color scheme to serve the needs of families. The cinema offers three types of seating ranging from day beds, lazy chairs and bean bags. Family films and animations are regularly played in this auditorium.
World Max Screen 1 900 CentralWorld, ninth floor The World Max Screen is SF Group's largest theatre boasting over 900 seats. It is the third largest cinema in Thailand behind Siam Pavalai and Scala.

SFX Cinemas[edit]

SFX Cinemas is SF Group's premium brand of cinemas. The cinemas are tastefully decorated and offer a higher-end level of premium services and an array of latest technologies in cinema presentation such as First Class seating and Dolby three-way sound.

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
SFX Central Chaengwattana 10 2450 Central Plaza Chaengwattana, sixth floor, Chaengwattana Road Opened in November 2008. The complex is slated to be Thailand's first all-digital cinema. The complex also houses one First Class Cinema. In the concept of " Exotica Cinema"
SFX Central Festival Pattaya Beach 10 2922 Central Festival Pattaya Beach, sixth floor, Pattaya Second Beach Road Opened in January 2009. The complex contains 8 Standard Cinemas along with one First Class Cinema and one Alfresco Cinema " The Porch"
SFX Central Lat Phrao 9 3000 Central Plaza Lat Phrao, sixth floor, Phahonyothin Road Opened in 2002 as the first in the SF Group's SFX "boutique" brand of cinemas. It has two "First Class" cinema and digital capability.
SFX Central Festival Phuket 7 1890 Central Festival Phuket Opened September 1, 2005. Also has "First Class" cinema and digital capability.
SFX Emporium 5 1200 The Emporium, Sukhumvit 24, Khlong Toei In major remodeling of the top floors of The Emporium shopping complex, the lobby was expanded in 2006 and is adjacent to the Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC), an art and design museum with regular exhibitions. This branch was formerly a United Artists theater, which SF Cinema took over in 2003 when UA left the exhibition business in Thailand. At the Skytrain's Phrom Phong station. Has digital capability.
SFX Central Rama 9 11 3670 Central Plaza Rama IX Opening on November 23, 2011.

Thana[edit]

Thana Cineplex is a chain of small cinemas based in Central and Northern Thailand.

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
Thana Cineplex Ayutthaya 4 Tesco Lotus Ayutthaya
Thana Cineplex Chiang Kam 1 344 Chiang Kam, Phayao Province
Thana Cineplex Chiang Rai 2 701 BigC Chiang Rai
Thana Cineplex Kamphaeng Phet 1 175 Kamphaeng Phet
Thana Cineplex Kanchanaburi 2 1 Castle Mall, Kanchanaburi
Thana Cineplex Lampang 2 BigC, Lampang
Thana Cineplex Lopburi 2 BigC, Lopburi
Thana Cineplex Nakhon Pathom 4 BigC, Nakhon Pathom
Thana Cineplex Nakhon Sawan 1 360 Nakhon Sawan
Thana Cineplex Phetchaburi 2 Phetchaburi
Thana Cineplex Phichit 2 Phichit Province
Thana Cineplex Phitsanulok 4 BigC, Phitsanulok
Thana Cineplex Phayao 1 404 Phayao
Thana Cineplex Phrae 1 342 Phrae
Thana Cineplex Phrae (Mark Four) 1 Mark Four Department Store, Phrae
Thana Cineplex Ratchaburi 2 Royal Park Department Store, Ratchaburi
Thana Cineplex Samut Prakan 2 BigC Samut Prakan
Thana Cineplex Saraburi 2 Taweekij Department Store, Saraburi
Thana Cineplex Sing Buri 2 203 Sing Buri
Thana Cineplex Suphanburi 1 (O.K. Rama) 1 657 Suphanburi
Thana Cineplex Suphanburi 2 (Fah Siam) 1 602 Suphanburi
Thana Cineplex Uttaradit 1 500 Uttaradit

UMG[edit]

UMG is a small chain of cinemas in the Bangkok metropolitan area owned by Sahamongkol Film International.

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
UMG BigC Bang Phli 3 663 Theparak Road, Samut Prakan Province
UMG RCA 3 1000 Royal City Avenue, Huai Khwang Formerly a five-screen multiplex, two cinemas on the third floor were remodeled 2004 to create the House boutique art film cinema. A bowling alley, indoor kart racing track, karaoke parlours, nightclubs and a Tops supermarket are adjacent.

Vista[edit]

Vista is a cinema chain based in Chiang Mai.

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
Vista Kadsuankeaw 7 Central Kadsuankeaw, Chiang Mai Has English-soundtrack movies. Vista 1-4 are older screens with only normal seating available. Vista 5-7 are newer screens comparable to Major Cineplex Airport Plaza.

Others[edit]

Cinema Screens Seats Location Remarks
Alliance française 1 225 29 South Sathon Road, Sathon Holds regular screenings of French films and films from other countries with French subtitles.[8]
Century The Movie Plaza 8 Phayathai Road, Ratchathewi This multiplex anchoring a shopping mall opened in 2005. It is located near the Skytrain's Victory Monument station.
Fairy Cineplex 100 Fairy Plaza, Khon Kaen Sometimes has English-soundtrack films.
Goethe-Institut 18/1 Soi Goethe, Sathon Soi 1, Sathon Regularly holds screenings of German films.[9]
House 2 200 Royal City Avenue, Huai Khwang House is a boutique art film cinema on the third floor of the UMG RCA cinema in Bangkok. It opened in 2004. All films have English and Thai subtitles. The cinema has a café and a library lounge, where books and magazines about cinema can be browsed. House sometimes hosts special events and movie-preview parties. The ticket price for all seats is 100 baht.
Japan Foundation 10th Floor, Sermmit Tower, 159 Sukhumvit Soi 21, Watthana Holds regular screenings of Japanese films, usually with Thai subtitles only.[10]
Kosa Cineplex 4 Khon Kaen
Prince 3 Khon Kaen
Five Stars Multiplex 6 Nakhon Ratchasima
Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre 1 66 Charoen Krung Road, Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon Sala Chalermkrung is Bangkok's oldest cinema and was the first air-conditioned theater in Thailand. Built on the order of King Prajadhipok and named by him, it was opened on July 2, 1933. It is the only theater from the first "golden age" of Thai cinema still standing. No longer regularly showing movies, the theater has been renovated and is principally used for Thai dance performances.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ SF Cinema. "SF Cinema by Location". Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Alliance Francaise de Bangkok - Thailand
  9. ^ Welcome to the Goethe Institute in Thailand
  10. ^ The Japan Foundation, Bangkok

External links[edit]

Independent listings site[edit]

  • Cinematic – Movie showtimes for cinemas in Bangkok
  • Moveedoo – Up to date movie showtimes for the major cinema groups in Bangkok & Thailand, as well as some independent theatres.
  • Wise Kwai's Bangkok Cinema Scene – Reviews and showtimes for mainstream and indie films showing in Bangkok.

Chain and theater sites[edit]