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Bangkok is finally getting the independent cinema it deserves

Art-house flicks and cult classics, coming to a screen near you this August. 

By Choltanutkun Tun-atiruj | Jul 13, 2016

  • Bangkok is finally getting the independent cinema it deserves
    3D design of BKKSR. Credit: www.fb.com/bangkokscreeningroom

This morning, Khaosod English broke the very exciting news that Bangkok will soon welcome a new independent cinema.

Set to officially open in late August, Bangkok Screening Room will screen the type of art-house and alternative films often overlooked by the city's blockbuster-obsessed cinemas. 

The people behind it are film-lovers Sarinya Manamuti, Nicholas Hudson-Ellis and Wongsarond Suthikulpanich, who have been working on the project for over a year now.

After hitting several snags, the arty cinema will open next month with a program of both contemporary and classic films, such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), which despite winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes only had a brief run in Bangkok, Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) and Ishiro Honda's original Godzilla (1954). 

The theater will reportedly contain 50 seats, with ultra-high-def digital projector and professional surround sound, plus a small bar and restaurant attached.

All films will have both English and Thai subtitles, with tickets from B300. Located on Sala Daeng Soi 1 (in what used to be Whitespace Gallery), the cinema will be easily accessible from BTS Sala Daeng and MRT Silom/Lumpini.

Check out the Khaosod English article linked above for more back-story, and stay tuned to BK for our full profile.

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