Bangkok to lose one, potentially two, cinematic icons.
Bangkok is set to say farewell to one of its oldest independent cinemas, with confirmation Lido Multiplex will close forever in mid-2018.
Widespread rumors took off late last year that landlord Chulalongkorn University was preparing to demolish Siam Square’s iconic Scala and Lido cinemas, which date back to the late 1960s.
Chulalongkorn University’s property management office confirmed the impending demise of Lido—long-renowned as a hub of art-house cinema—in a statement posted to Facebook over the holiday period, but were more ambiguous about the fate of neighboring Scala Theater.
“The building [Lido] is no longer in a safe condition for visitors,” reads the statement, adding that renovations of the complex will commence in May.
In a somewhat surprising twist, the statement says the future of Scala—the more iconic of the two cinemas—is not yet clear, and hints that any decision to demolish it would ultimately belong to theater owner Apex.
“We don’t want to lose Scala as well,” reads the statement, pointing to the Art Deco theater's architectural significance, while also insinuating that Apex is unable to keep up with the financial losses involved in running the cinema.