Scala Cinema
Scala Cinema
4.5
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THE BEST movie theatre I've ever met in my life
5.0 of 5 bubblesMar 2020
Located in the crowded Siam square, this 50 years old legendary building is the last survivor of stand alone movie theatre in Bangkok. When I first encountered this vintage theatre, I was stunned by its gorgeous architecture and elegant decoration which is a perfect combination between east and west , a well mixed of classic and modern. An open-air lobby welcomed me with a spectacular 5 tiered Italian chandelier consisted of many glass spheres. As I climbed the staircase to the second floor of the lobby to buy a ticket, I noticed many magnificent arch pillars that support the ceiling. Between these pillars (on the ceiling) embellished lightbulbs centered at golden 24-pointed star ornaments. On the wall above an entrance to the theatre hall, settled some bas-relief sculptures representing many asia nations performing arts. Such a charming place ! I was completely love this theatre at the first sight. Ticket system at this theatre is also "traditional". Only a pencil and paper (which shows availability of seats) are needed. You choose your seat, staffs crosses it out, then you will get a (very cool) retro paper ticket and all that is (no computer involved). The best seat costs only 160 baht (while normal seat and medium seat cost 120 and 140 baht) which is still cheaper than the cheapest seat in other theatre ! Staffs were nice and polite. Most of them have been worked here for many decades. Staffs at the entrance wear yellow jackets (trademark uniform ?). I was told that seats were used to be 100% occupied at its prime (about 40 years ago). However, only about 20 seats were occupied in that day (pity for Thais that do not see the value of this theatre). I bought some snacks and a bottle of water before walked into the hall. After a yellow jacket guy torched the way to my seat, I found myself in the vast auditorium comprised of approximately a thousand seats (876 seats, to be precise) with an enormous screen. Advertising times and movie trailers here are short comparing to the other theatres. I sat on a comfortable seat all 2 hrs, overwhelmed with ecstasy. This was an ultimate movie theatre feeling I've ever experienced ! Honestly, the atmosphere of the theatre is more interesting than the movie. This grand theatre is frozen in time. I felt like I was back to the time when my dad was a young lad. Moreover, the theatre occasionally brought back some great classic movies to rerun in special Sundays. In my opinion, this extraordinary theatre deserves more than 5 stars rating. After the movie, I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Scala restaurant (authentic chinese cuisine, operated along the theatre for more than 30 years) on the first floor of the lobby. The restaurant has the same name as the theatre, all waiters also wear the same yellow suits as theatre's staffs, and its decoration resembles the theatre (western culture styles such as bas-relief sculptures about Aztec gods, arch, Doric order, beautiful statues of ancient European ladies). Foods, especially "Peking duck" and "sliced stewed pig ear", were fantastically delicious. Thank you Scala (both theatre and restaurant) for sharing a precious moment with me. Attended "The call of the wild" on 4 March 2020. PS. Very bad news is Scala theatre (and the restaurant) is permanently closed due to covid crisis. Legend becomes memory. Sooo...oo sad. Farewell Scala

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Yanisa S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I really love watching movies at Scala Cinema. The building and decorations give out retro atmosphere like you are walking into the past. The place looks nice and clean enough. They also have restroom inside the cinema. There’re plenty of comfortable seats available. The screen is huge, wide, and pretty much satisfying to watch from my personal experience. Even though there are not that many movie selections, the price of the tickets is cheaper than other cinema in Thailand (140 or 160 Baht per one ticket). They also sell the cheapest popcorn I’ve ever seen (40 Baht per one bag). Moreover, Scala Cinema is located in the shopping area of Siam Square. Therefore, it’s very convenient to come here by public transportation. You can take any buses that has a stop at Siam Square or take BTS to Siam station and walk to the cinema. I think there is no retro cinema like this anymore in Thailand. Please visit and support the place to keep the business going as I really don’t want to lose this cool chill-out spot.
Written April 2, 2020
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MikeYong1A
Singapore, Singapore178 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I love this old cinema with the grand stair case and ceiling. It shows some blockbuster movies and the occasional art house movies. There is only one theatre and it's huge. The 100 baht seats are still very good. I also like the little food alley next to the cinema.
Written May 3, 2015
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Michael W
Zurich, Switzerland40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
Hard to believe such a beautiful theater can (still) exist. If I (still) believed in Santa Claus, I would make it my only wish that he keep this theater running ad infinitum!
Written February 12, 2015
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joel d
Bangkok, Thailand54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
a well-maintained beauty art retro movie theater single screen which has no doubt keep its charm, from hand -issued tickets, the seats, the curtains at the entrance, name of the film in red letters still displayed by hand. The last of those days when going to the cinema was a romantic and cultural entertainment.
Written June 5, 2018
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bpcr
Bangkok, Thailand16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
There's something about walking up to a theatre with a giant marquee and seeing the name of the film, the director and lead actor that is exciting for me. This theatre is the cheapest I've been too in Bangkok and the popcorn is only 40 baht and is the best in town. ticket prices are 100 baht, 120, and 140. Prices go up not because of better seats, for some resin you pay more for sitting in the back. Pick the last row in the 100 baht section for the best seats in the house.
Written July 28, 2014
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Sutthiphan H
Bangkok, Thailand32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Friends
Walking through the modern malls in Siam Square, just opposite to Siam Discovery, I reach my target today, a 43-year old cinema – SCALA, a hidden gem for movie-lovers.

This place right now is portraying its prosperity in the past, which is quite rare and interesting for kids these days (like me) to see. It was built with classic architecture and mixtures of eastern and western style. Its business started on the New Year’s Eve of 1969. In the old ages, this place was also a shopping mall and a restaurant for those who came around. At present, the remnants of those stalls and a classic SCALA restaurant are around. Some of the box offices are left unused. In my perspective, that scenery is quite charming warm and beautiful.

Despite the fact that this place is old, SCALA Cinema is a perfect place for those who enjoy great movies. Only one interesting movie is shown for 4-5 rounds each day. The movies shown here is always a popular one or the one that is awarded internationally. The great movies shown here are usually exclusive as they seem nonprofitable to other cinema franchises. The movie that I came for at that day - ‘Like Father, Like Son’ – Jury prize awarded at Cannes Films Festival 2013, was also shown at only three cinema franchises in Thailand.

The price and promotion here is also quite interesting. The ticket prices are 120 Thai Baht for 5 seat rows at the back, and 100 Thai Baht for the rest. The early weekend rounds cost 80 Thai Baht. When you buy a ticket here or at Lido Cinema – the other cinema in the franchise which is nearby, you get one stamp on the stamp card. If you get 10, you get a free ticket next time. The prize for a bag of salted popcorn is just 30 Thai Baht; the other snacks are also cheaper than other cinemas. You can also bring snacks of your own or buy cheaper food at 7-11 nearby and bring them inside – not obviously – if you want.

Despite its oldness, this cinema has always serving great movies and services. The workers here are nice; always smile and speak politely with the customers. The old places facilities are (too perfectly) well cleaned. The service and maintenance are done as if the owners do not care about money anymore.

To those who never come here, or have not got enough satisfaction at this place. FYI, SCALA and LIDO, the two cinema of this franchise will be out of rental contract of this place in 2016, and most likely, it will be closed at that time. As one of this place lovers, I would spend my times in next two years enjoying this place – and I think you might want to do that too.
Written December 7, 2013
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iandi
Toronto121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Usually good selection of films, plenty of seats available. Cash only. Ultra air-conditioned - consider bringing a long sleeve shirt just in case (yes, even in the summer). Huge screen, comfortable seats and really cool building - check out the ceiling! Hope they keep this place going, although it's in prime real estate territory so who knows what the future holds.
Written August 13, 2019
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EarthlingOnline
Worldwide3,747 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Solo
This was once one of 3 independent cinemas (joined as a mini chain) located in Siam Square. One was torched during the 2010 riots. This place has a long history of showing relatively unique films for Bangkok, alternating with following the crowd. You can check movieseer or the chain's own Website for listings.

http://www.apexsiam-square.com/home.asp

Scala, and its sibling Lido, show how cinemas used to be decades ago in Bangkok. As such, they are worth a visit by film buffs.
Written July 2, 2013
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Mei Ling
Singapore, Singapore113 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
This little retro gem is nestled in Siam Square, amidst all the new and modern malls. I'm not sure if the cinema is still in use although the movie titles advertised are quite new - Glass and Schindler's List 25th Anniversary. We discovered a little DVD/Blu-ray shop behind the staircase and my husband who is a movie buff was thrilled! We bought one Blu-ray and one DVD. Prices for both were cheap but bear in mind that these movies are licensed to be produced in Thailand so naturally, they would have the option of Thai language, spoken and subtitles. The quality of the discs were pretty good.
Written January 28, 2019
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OutMosquitoMe
Osaka Prefecture, Japan167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Now that Lido is gone, all that remains of Bangkok’s historic cinemas is Scala. Enjoy it while it lasts. A national treasure.
Written August 21, 2018
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