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Personnel at the 51-year-old Scala theatre on Sunday stand in line to thank the last group of clients who emerged from the theatre which closed the other day. Fans gathered to the movie theater from the morning to bid a last goodbye.( Image by Varuth Hirunyatheb)

The last drape has actually dropped at the Scala film theatre, which closed on Sunday in the middle of rumours the structure will be destroyed to give way for a brand-new advancement by its property owner, Chulalongkorn University.

Management and workers of the 51-year-old film theatre wore yellow-shirts which check out “SCALA 5/7/63 Last Program” to bid a last goodbye to the Art-Deco theatre in Siam Square.

Fans of the theatre gathered to the movie theater from morning to take one last photo, while those with tickets queued to view the 6pm screening of cult classic Movie Theater Paradiso– the Scala’s last program.

President of Pinnacle film theatres Nanta Tansatcha invited spectators in front of the theatre prior to the last screening.

” It is heartbreaking. I like the Scala since it resembles my house, my household. Everybody here, both the audience and workers, are our household. We chose motion pictures to evaluate with regard to principles, morality and lessons the audience will gain from,” stated Ms Nantha, whose household likewise runs Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Pattaya.

The Pinnacle president confessed the Covid-19 pandemic and altering customer behaviour towards the “brand-new regular” were amongst the factors the Scala was failing.

” I didn’t understand if [business] would get … so I chose to stop business now,” she stated.

Parts and souvenirs from the Scala theatre will be shown at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden.

Ratthaphat Sriphisit, a fan of the Scala, stated she was unfortunate the theatre is shutting down. She had actually bonded with the Scala because she remained in school and she got English by enjoying motion pictures there.

” The Scala is not simply a film theatre, however a memory to a great deal of individuals … I comprehend that times have actually altered, however I hope the Scala will not be destroyed and its architecture will be protected,” she stated.

” The theatre can be adjusted for other functions, so that more youthful generations can appreciate its charm.”

Found at Siam Square, which is owned by Chulalongkorn University, the Scala was the last stand-alone theatre in Bangkok.

The university has actually rejected strategies to destroy the Scala in the meantime, however a spokesperson for the university stated their residential or commercial property management workplace is presently searching for a potential renter.


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