Art-house alternatives to the city’s big blockbuster-obsessed cinemas. 

See also: Bangkok's best VIP cinemas / The new films, directors and theaters breathing life into Thai indie cinema


Credit: Threelogy 2016

Bangkok Screening Room (Coming Soon)

Founded by the people behind Open Reel Rooftop Festival, it aims to screen only independent movies from both Thailand and abroad. Set to soft open mid-September, with grand opening slated for later in the year. Tickets B300. Read our interview with the founders here.
Saladaeng Soi 1, 094-125-9906. BTS Saladaeng. www.bkksr.com
 

House RCA

The old dame of arthouse cinema recently turned 12 and 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
 

Apex Lido and Scala

These vintage cinemas located in the heart of Siam date back to the late 1960s. Screening both major and independent films, crowds flock not only for the B100-120 tickets but also photo ops in Scala’s ornate lobby.
Apex Lido, Rama 1 Rd., 02-252-6498. BTS Siam. www.apexsiam-square.com
Scala Theatre, Siam Square Soi 1, 02-251-2861. BTS Siam
 

The Friese-Greene Club

A shop-house turned private club dedicated entirely to film. A membership fee of B200 grants you access to nightly cult film screenings (see schedule at goo.gl/UVfEt3) and a library filled with film books and reference materials.
Sukhumvit Soi 22, next to Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, 087-000-0795. www.fgc.in.th
 

SF Cinema CentralWorld

SF Cinema screens it fair share of blockbusters but does also host festivals, such as the seven Swedish films screening this Sep 7-11. Look out for We are the Best, the highly rated drama on an all-girl punk band in the '80s. Tickets B120.
7/F, CentralWorld, Rajdamri Rd., 02-264-5555. BTS Chitlom. www.sfcinemacity.com