There are still many old Thai movies standalone theaters in Northeast of Thailand. A few old standalone theaters were still present in Nongkhai until recently.
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Remaining standalone theaters are under threat as the investment in digital equipment is very huge (up to 10M baht).
There are two types of standalone theaters, i.e. level 1 (โรงหนังชั้น 1) and level 2 (โรงหนังชั้น 2). In level one, people enter at the beginning of the movie and exit at the end of the movie. In level two, people can enter or exit anytime they want.
One chance to survive is to improve their infrastructure and be cleaner but money is always an issue when business is limited.
Such standalone theater could host from a few hundreds to one thousand five hundreds people. They were often located near markets or bus terminal.
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