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THAI THEATERS

There are still many old Thai movies standalone theaters in Bangkok.

Sala Chaloem Thani theater
The Sala Chaloem Thani standalone theater is located in Bangkok. Thai full name is โรงภาพยนตร์เฉลิมธานี.

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Sala Chaloem Thani theater
It is also known as Nang Loeng Cinema. Thai full name is นางเลิ้ง. It was opened in year 1918 and closed in year 1993.
Sala Chaloem Thani theater
Sala Chaloem Thani theater
Sala Chaloem Thani theater
The place is now used as a warehouse in a dilapidated condition.
Sala Chaloem Thani theater
In year 2013, Philip Jablon, an independent researcher and photographer documenting the last of Southeast Asia's stand-alone cinemas, suggested the reopening of the world's oldest cinema in France should inspire Thailand to relaunch Sala Chaloem Thani theater as Asia's oldest movie theatre.
Sala Chaloem Thani theater
Sala Chaloem Thani theater
Sala Chaloem Thani theater
Sala Chaloem Thani theater is a two storeys wooden building. Let's cross finger that this almost centenary building can continue to escape accidental fires...
Sala Chaloem Thani theater
People are still living in the very close neighbourhood of Sala Chaloem Thani theater.
Sala Chaloem Thani theater
Sala Chaloem Thani theater
Sala Chaloem Thani theater
Sala Chaloem Thani theater still features an old booth that was selling cinema tickets.
Sala Chaloem Thani theater


Old pictures from decade 1960 are showing legendary Thai actor Mitr Chaibancha.

Sala Chaloem Thani theater
Sala Chaloem Thani theater


Wat Sunthon Thammathan is located in the neighbourhood of Nang Loeng market in Bangkok. Thai full name is วัดสุนทรธรรมทาน.

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Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
During years 1942-1954, Thai legendary actor Mitr Chaibancha lived with his parents in Nang Loeng area. He attended school there.
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Many pictures of Thai actor Mitr Chaibancha can be found in Wat Sunthon Thammathan.
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Following his tragic death, pre-cremation rituals were performed in Wat Sunthon Thammathan. The next day following Mitr Chaibancha's death, 100 000 fans flocked to Wat Sunthorn Thammathan to pay their respects.
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
The BangkokPost called it "The most riotous and trouble-plagued funeral rite in living memory" as people pushed and shoved.
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
The temple Wat Sunthorn Thammathan was completely damaged due to the huge number of people.
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
People come annually to Wat Sunthon Thammathan to make merits for Mitr Chaibancha on October 8th.
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Wat Sunthon Thammathan name is a combination of the two main donor's names.
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Display panel in both Thai and English explaining Wat Sunthon Thammathan history.
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Wat Sunthon Thammathan was once called Wat Khae, presumably meaning "nearby temple", in accord with the dialect of the southern people who lived around.
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Wat Sunthon Thammathan is a huge Buddhist temple featuring many buildings with 3-tiered roof and carved gilded lacquer windows and doors.
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Some Thai movies collectors come here to pray for Mitr Chaibancha and to hope finding some old lost movies in 16mm format.
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Mitr Chaibancha's career lasted 14 years from 1957 to 1970 and he played in more than 300 movies.
Wat Sunthon Thammathan
Wat Sunthon Thammathan



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