11 July 2024

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), along with Thai film associations, is organising an outdoor cinema festival throughout the month of July, in hopes of boosting the local economy, especially at night.

Named “Krung Thep Klang Plaeng” (Bangkok Open Air Cinema) the event opened last night (Thursday) at Lan Khon Mueang Town Square. The first movie to be screened was the 1997 Thai film “Dang Bireley’s and Young Gangsters” set in the 1950’s.

While the event organisers told reporters that there was no political agenda behind the choice of movie, it highlights a way of life in Bangkok in the old days, back when the capital was called “Phra Nakhon” and when Thai teens were starting to be influenced by Western culture.

Another event highlight was a mini concert featuring old Thai songs from the 70s and 80s, as was the appearance of actor Jesdaporn Pholdee, aka “Tik”, who was in the main cast of the movie being screened.

Many people said they found that watching movies outdoors was a whole new experience.

Meanwhile, Deputy Bangkok Governor Sanon Wangsrangboon said that social distancing will be maintained at the outdoor cinemas, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but that he hopes that the event will help boost the local economy, which has been heavily affected by the pandemic.

Bangkok’s outdoor cinema festival is being held at 10 locations across Bangkok throughout July from 7pm, during which 25 movies will be screened.

The 10 locations include:

  • Lan Khon Mueang Town Square (July 7th-9th)
  • True Digital Park (July 7th-9th)
  • Khlong Toei Youth Centre (July 14th-16th)
  • Wachirabenchathat Park (Rot Fai Park) (July 14th-16th)
  • Benchakitti Park (July 21st-23rd)
  • Bang Khae Phirom Market (July 21
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  • Block I Siam Square (July 28th-30th)
  • Queen Sirikit 60th Anniversary Park (July 28th-30th)
  • Kru Grape Garden (July 31st)
  • Srinakharinwirot University (July 31st)

New Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has been launching new projects since assuming office, most notably open air concerts and the planting of more trees.