In light of Bangkok’s historic Apex Lido closing, here's a roundup of existing indie cinemas you need to check out.

See also: Bangkok's best VIP cinemas


Bangkok Screening Room

This 50-seat theater aims to screen only independent movies from Thailand and abroad. These may include classics directed by Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock, films from celebrated Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's back-catalog that the blockbuster-obsessed mall cinemas wouldn't touch, as well as plenty of contemporary arthouse flicks from abroad. Tickets are B300 and there's a small bar inside, too. Read our interview with the founders here.
Saladaeng Soi 1, 094-125-9906. BTS Saladaeng. www.bkksr.com

 

Cinema Oasis NEW!

Founded by Ing Kanjanavit, director of Shakespeare Must Die, and Manit Sriwanichpoom, the owner of Kathmandu Gallery, the new, 48-seat cinema with Barco 2K projector and Digital Dolby 5.1 surround sound set in a striking brutalist building on Sukhumvit Soi 43 promises some of the finest from the indie underground. Movie tickets go for B160 for adults and B100 for students and elders. Read our recent interview with the founders Ing and Manit here

Sukhumvit Soi 43, 097-929-5366. www.fb.com/cinemaoasis.bk

 

House RCA

Opened in 2004, the old dame of arthouse cinema continues to screen independent films from around the world with Thai subtitles. There’s a small cafe inside, too. Tickets B140. 
3/F, RCA Plaza, Petchaburi Rd., 02-641-5177. www.houserama.com

 

The Friese-Greene-Club

This shop-house turned private film club is a firm favorite among industry insiders. The membership fee of B200 grants you access to nightly cult film screenings and a library filled with film-related books. This month's schedule, for example, covers the careers of David Cronenberg and Nicolas Roeg, among other cult-favorite directors. 
Sukhumvit Soi 22, next to Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, 087-000-0795. www.fgc.in.th

 

Scala Theatre

Built in 1967, Scala was designed to be the most luxurious theater of its time. The name Scala means “stairs” in Italian and you have to ascend a dramatic flight of stairs up to the art deco atrium and its glittering chandelier to get into the 1,000-seat cinema. Tickets are cheap, too, at only B100-120 with popcorn going for B30. The movies tend to be better than at multiplexes, too.
Scala Theatre, Siam Square Soi 1, 02-251-2861. BTS Siam

 


BONUS: Bars with free movie screenings

Jam

This quirky Surasak bar offers a cult movie screening every Wednesday night following a monthly theme. Recent themes from guest curators include "Problematic Cinema?" and "The Past."
41 Charoen Rat Soi 1, 083-5451-833. BTS Surasak. www.fb.com/JAMCAFEBKK
 

Cinema Winehouse

Not only a brunch spot and wine bar, this spot in the Old Town offers screenings of cult classics as well as newer mainstream picks on their second floor lounge-cinema area. 
59/61 Samsen Rd., 096-465-6526 and 083-554-0170. www.fb.com/cinemawinehouse