List of cinemas in Thailand

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The conserved Scala cinema of Siam Square

Cinemas in Thailand are popular venues for entertainment. Especially in Bangkok, the movie theaters tend to be multiplex facilities offering many other forms of entertainment besides movies, such as bowling or karaoke, along with restaurants and small shops.

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The films playing in Thai cinemas are usually first-run Hollywood features, which tend to dominate the box-office scene. [1] There is a burgeoning Thai film industry that is making dozens of films each year that are increasingly popular with local audiences. Films from other Asian countries, such as Korea, Japan and Hong Kong, are popular as well.

The movie-theater business in Thailand is led by the Major Cineplex Group, which owns the Major Cineplex chain as well as the EGV chain and operates the Paragon Cineplex at Siam Paragon as well as Thailand's IMAX theaters. [2] Behind the combined Major Cineplex-EGV, which has a 50 percent market share, the SF Group is the No. 2 operator, with a 35 percent share. [3] Smaller chains include Apex in Bangkok's Siam Square, Thana Cineplex, Major Hollywood and UMG. In Chiang Mai, there is the Vista cinema. In Southern Thailand, there is the Coliseum chain.

As of 2007, there were 570 screens in Thailand, with 300 in the Bangkok metropolitan area. Nationwide, the person-to-screen ratio is 170 people per screen, with a 30:1 ratio in Bangkok. [3]

Ticketing, seating and customs

An assortment of ticket stubs from Bangkok cinemas, circa 2006. Bangkokcinematicketstubs2006.jpg
An assortment of ticket stubs from Bangkok cinemas, circa 2006.

Ticket prices range from around 70 baht to 160 baht, depending on the time of day, the day of the week, the location of the theater and the movie being screened. In Bangkok cinemas, the price for new-release films will generally be 140 to 160 baht.

Seating is assigned; audience members make their choice of seating on a computer screen at the box office. Online ticketing is available on theater-chain websites. Automated phone booking is available as well.

Before the film, the audience must stand for the "Royal Anthem", which is accompanied by a montage of images of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Most theaters in Thailand keep the air conditioning very cold; patrons often bring a light sweater or jacket. [1]

The EGV chain has "Gold Class" cinemas, which have smaller screening rooms fitted with reclining seats, blankets and pillows. Prices for a Gold Class show range from 300 baht to 500 baht. The Major Cineplex chain offers comparable "Emperor" class seating, while SF Cinema has "First Class" and "VIP" screenings and Major Hollywood has "Star" seats. Paragon Cineplex has "Ultra Screen" theaters. Some cinemas, including Major Cineplex, EGV and Major Hollywood, have sofa-style seating at the back of the auditoriums, intended for couples. Customers who purchase these types of seats may sit in a lounge before the show and may be provided with free drinks or popcorn. Food and drinks may also be ordered and will be served by theater staff as the movie is playing. [4]

Language and subtitling

In central Bangkok and cities with many tourists and foreign residents, such as Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket, foreign films (including Hollywood releases) will have the original soundtrack (called "soundtrack") with Thai subtitles. Outside of tourism centers and in some suburban Bangkok cinemas, all the foreign films, including Hollywood films, will generally be dubbed into Thai language.

Films from other Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, often play in Thailand theaters, but the soundtracks will usually be dubbed into Thai. Exceptions to this will be found at the Apex chain theaters in Siam Square and at House cinema on Royal City Avenue.

Often, films from Hollywood, such as The Da Vinci Code , as well as films from European countries that feature languages other than English, will have only Thai subtitles. [1]

For Thai films, most cinemas in tourism centers will have English subtitles. Exceptions for regional language (like Isan) in Thai film, such as Yam Yasothon (Thai: แหยม ยโสธร) and Panya Raenu (Thai: ปัญญา เรณู), which have only Thai-subtitles.

Film ratings

A motion picture rating system to replace the 1930 Film Code was passed by the National Legislative Assembly in 2007 and was implemented in 2010.

Under the 1930 Film Code, the Board of Censors reviewed all films to be shown in Thailand and made cuts or altered scenes that were deemed inappropriate. The board was made up of members of the Royal Thai Police and Ministry of Culture officials. Members of various interest groups, such as Buddhist monks, physicians or teachers, are sometimes consulted about whether certain films would offend them.

Traditionally, depictions of sex and nudity are dealt with most heavy-handedly, with scenes being cut, pixelated or obscured by petroleum jelly. Profanity and violence are generally left intact.

Apex

The Apex Group of cinemas comprise the Lido, Scala and Siam theaters in Siam Square in Bangkok. The company is owned by the Tansacha family and is headed by Nanta Tansacha. [5] The theaters were built in the late 1960s and have changed little since, making possible a retro movie-going experience that can't be found at the shopping-mall multiplexes. The theaters tend to not be as crowded as the other cinemas in central Bangkok, and it's usually possible to obtain the most-desired seating just minutes before showtime. The Apex cinemas not only show first-run Hollywood films, but also many art films, which is unique in Thailand, other than the House theater on Royal City Avenue. Among the events exclusive to the Apex is the annual Little Big Film Project, in which a series of foreign independent films are shown over the course of several weeks.

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
Lido3675 Siam Square, Pathum Wan, opposite Siam Center The Lido cinemas are an older multiplex dating back to the late 1960s. They often screen Japanese, Korean and other foreign films and offer both Thai and English subtitles. All seats are 100 baht.
Scala1900 Siam Square, Pathum Wan, opposite Siam Discovery Center The Scala Theatre was built in 1967. The screen is 21 meters wide and 8.7 meters tall. [5] Ticket buyers point out what seats they desire on a paper chart in the ticket booth. Also in the lobby are hand-painted movie advertisements, which were commonplace in Thailand until the 1990s, when large-scale screen printing became available. First-run Hollywood features are usually featured at the Scala, with the films moving to the Lido cinemas in subsequent weeks. The Scala is occasionally booked for live shows and private functions. Tickets are 100 baht for normal seats and 120 baht for stadium-style seating at the rear of the auditorium.
Siam1832 Siam Square, Pathum Wan, opposite Siam Paragon

Siam Theatre was burnt down during the political unrest in Bangkok on 19 May 2010.

Coliseum Multiplex

Coliseum Multiplex is a chain of movie theaters in Southern Thailand.

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
Coliseum Multiplex3Lee Garden, Hat Yai
Coliseum Multiplex6Paradise Shopping Plaza, Phuket City
Coliseum Multiplex1Trang Rama Trang Province
Coliseum Multiplex3 Phatthalung

Major Cineplex Group

Major Cineplex, combined with the EGV chain, is the largest operator of cinemas in Thailand. Its operations are concentrated in Bangkok. Major Cineplex's cinemas are divided into five brands which are Major Cineplex, EGV, Paragon Cineplex, Paradise Cineplex and Esplanade Cineplex.

1. Current Branches

In Bangkok district

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
Major Cineplex Minburi3 Tesco Lotus Minburi
Major Cineplex Lotus Rama 23765 Tesco Lotus Rama 2
Major Cineplex Bangpakok3 Tesco Lotus Bangpakok
Major Cineplex Bangsue6 Gateway at Bangsue Bangpo
Major Cineplex Ladkrabang5 Robinson Lifestyle Ladkrabang
Major Cineplex Bang Kapi102256 Tesco Lotus Bang Kapi Lat Phrao Road
Major Cineplex Bang Na101954 CentralPlaza Bangna On the sixth floor of a Central Group shopping mall, adjacent to restaurants, shops and the Pororo Aquapark Bangkok water amusement park.
Major Cineplex Central Pinklao11Central Pinklao, Pinklao-Nakhon Chaisri RoadRebranded from an EGV location.
Major Cineplex Chaeng Wattana51040The Avenue Chaeng Wattana, next to Big C Supercenter on Chaeng Wattana RoadMall anchored by cineplex, with Big Echo karaoke, shops and restaurants.
Major Cineplex Fashion Island7Fashion Island, Ram Inthra Road, Min Buri Formerly an EGV cinema but was rebranded after the Major Cineplex and EGV chains merged.
Major Cineplex Future Park Rangsit101701Future Park RangsitRebranded from an EGV location.
Major Cineplex Nonthaburi7827 Nonthaburi
Major Cineplex Phetchakasem61746 Phetkasem Road, Bangkok
Major Cineplex Pinklao133850Boromarachachonnanee Road, Bang Phlat The first Major Cineplex complex, it opened in 1996. Opposite Central Plaza Pinklao, Bangkok Noi.
Major Cineplex Ratchayothin154014+ Phahonyothin Road, Lat Yao, Chatuchak The former flagship branch of the Major Cineplex chain was opened in 1998. It had Thailand's first IMAX theater until the IMAX operation was moved to Paragon Cineplex in 2006. The shopping mall is anchored by the cineplex, with shops, restaurants, a bowling alley, karaoke and a fitness center. An IMAX Digital Theatre was opened here in 2010. [6]
Major Cineplex Rama II91710Central Plaza Rama II
Major Cineplex Rama III92596Central Plaza Rama IIIA former United Artists multiplex, Major Cineplex took it over and remodeled it in 2003.
Major Cineplex Rangsit163465Phahonyothin Road, Rangsit, Pathum Thani The first megaplex in Asia.
Major Cineplex Samrong12Imperial World Samrong, Sukhumvit Road, Samut Prakan Formerly an EGV Cinema but was rebranded after the Major Cineplex and EGV chains merged.
Major Cineplex Samsen61505Supreme Complex Shopping Mall, Samsen Rd, Bangkok
Major Cineplex Plus Mall Srinakarin51259 Plus Mall Srinakarin
Major Cineplex Sukhumvit81746 Sukhumvit Soi 61, Watthana A shopping center anchored by the movie theater with restaurants, shops, bowling alley and karaoke, the Sukhumvit branch sometimes has late shows. It is near the Skytrain's Ekamai station, opposite the Eastern Bus Terminal.

In Province district

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
Major Cineplex Ayutthaya41313 Big C, Ayutthaya , includes 10-lane bowling alley.
Major Cineplex Plus Mall Amatanakorn51310 Plus Mall Amata Nakorn Industrial District, Chonburi
Major Cineplex Ban Pong51442 Tesco Lotus, Ban Pong, Ratchaburi
Major Cineplex Chachoengsao51711 Chachoengsao CenterPart of complex anchored by Big C, has 12-lane bowling alley.
Major Cineplex Chiang Mai71843Central Plaza, Chiang Mai AirportNormal-class seat is priced at 100-120 baht. On Tuesday there is a special discount in all classes. Honeymoon seat is available, providing larger seat pitch and legroom. Emperor-class reclining seat is also available at 500 baht with a complimentary drink or popcorn.
Major Cineplex Chiang Mai 26Central Kad Suan Kaew, Chiang Rai A former Vista Cineplex
Major Cineplex Chiang Rai51347Central Plaza, Chiang Rai
Major Cineplex Chiang Rai 24Big C Chiang Rai 2
Major Cineplex Chonburi 22 Tesco Lotus Chonburi 3 (Ban Suan)
Major Cineplex Chonburi41063Big C Chonburi
Major Cineplex Hua Hin41404 Hua Hin Market Village Opened February 2006, large-scale shopping mall has a Tesco Lotus, bowling alley and many stores. Does not often show English-soundtrack films.
Major Cineplex Krabi41134 Tesco Lotus, Krabi Opened December 2007, includes 8-lane bowling alley.
Major Cineplex Nakhon Sawan51138V-Square Nakhon Sawan
Major Cineplex Nakhon Sawan 24 Tesco Lotus Nakhon Sawan
Major Cineplex Nawanakorn41187 Tesco Lotus Extra Nawanakhon
Major Cineplex CentralFestival Chiang Mai102409 CentralFestival Chiangmai, Chiang Mai Opened December 2013,Krungsri Imax seats have 391 & Digital seats have 2018.
Major Cineplex Pattaya81748The Avenue Pattaya, Second Road, Pattaya Stand-alone branch with Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl.
Major Cineplex Phetchabun41144 Tesco Lotus, Phetchabun
Major Cineplex Phitsanulok41067Tesco Lotus Phitsanulok
Major Cineplex Salaya51003 Tesco Lotus Salaya
Major Cineplex Samui3918 Tesco Lotus Ko Samui includes 12-lane bowling alley.
Major Cineplex Saraburi41100 Suk-Anan park shopping mall, saraburi
Major Cineplex Rangsit-Klong 641020Big C Thanyaburi
Major Cineplex Ubon Ratchathani7 Central Plaza Ubon Ratchathani
Major Cineplex Udon Thani82120 Central Plaza Udon Thani
Major Cineplex Kamphaeng Phet41008Big C Kamphaeng Phet

EGV

EGV was the first multiplex cinema operator in Thailand. The No. 2 operator of cinemas, it merged with Major Cineplex in 2004.

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
EGV Bang Khae101900Seacon Bangkae, Petchkasem Road, Bang Khae The first multiplex theater in Thailand, built in 1994 situated in the former Future Park Bangkae Shopping Mall before taken over by Seacon Development Public Co., Ltd. In August 2010 it was temporarily closed for big renovated and will be opened in April 2012.
EGV Nongbua1Big C Nongbua Nakhon Sawan Province
EGV Phimai2 Tesco Lotus Phimai Nakhon Ratchasima Province
EGV Omyai51224Big C Omyai Nakhon Pathom
EGV Sri Racha41350Pacific Park Si Racha Chonburi Province
EGV Khon Kaen51228Tesco Lotus Extra Khon Kaen
EGV Uttaradit2 Tesco Lotus Uttaradit Province

Paragon Cineplex

Paragon Cineplex is located in the Siam Paragon shopping mall, and is operated by the Major Cineplex Group.

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
Krung Sri IMAX 1600 Siam Paragon, Pathum Wan Opened June 2006; moved from former location at Major Ratchayothin.
Paragon Cineplex153450 Siam Paragon, Pathum Wan Opened in early 2006 on the fifth floor of the shopping mall, the cineplex includes the Siam Pavalai, a 1,200-seat theater. There are six smaller, luxury "Ultra Screen" cinemas, with reclining seats, as well as Enigma, a members-only cinema and lounge.

Esplanade Cineplex

Esplanade Cineplex is located in The Esplanade (Bangkok) shopping mall, and is operated by the Major Cineplex Group.

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
Esplanade Cineplex Ratchada 122700 Esplanade Ratchada, Ratchadaphisek Road, Din Daeng A flagship branch for the Major Cineplex chain opened in December 2006. It includes a 22-lane bowling alley, an ice-skating rink, shops and restaurants. It is near the MRT's Thailand Cultural Centre station.
Esplanade Cineplex Rattanathibate 164200The Esplanade (Ngamwonwan-Khaerai) Rattanathibate Road, Nonthaburi The second branch in the Esplanade Cineplex's chain. It includes a 22-lane bowling alley,15 karaoke rooms, an ice-skating rink 2-times larger than Rachadaphisek branch, 7,435 sq.m. retail space.Including the MMAX Theatre, the Thailand's biggest Digital 3D Screen. It is expected to open in December 2009. It is located in the premise of Tesco Lotus Rattanathibate at Kae-Lai Intersection

Paradise Cineplex

Paradise Cineplex is located in the Paradise Park up-scale shopping mall, a former Seri Center on Srinakarin Road and operated by the Major Cineplex Group.

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
Paradise Cineplex81550 Paradise Park, Prawet A former Major Cineplex, the multiplex was expanded from six to eight screens and rebranded as Paradise Cineplex on 4 August 2010. In keeping with the shopping mall's aims, the multiplex is marketed as an upscale luxury cinema focused on high-income customers lived in eastern Bangkok and the suburbs near Srinakarin Road, Suvarnabhumi Airport and the Bangna-Trad Road area.

Mega Cineplex

Mega Cineplex is located in the Mega Bangna shopping mall, and is operated by the Major Cineplex Group.

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
Mega Cineplex153445 Siam Future Mega Bangna, Bangkok15 DigitaiCinema with Blu-O bowling and karaoke and Sub-Zero ice skate rink.

Hatyai Cineplex

Hatyai Cineplex is located in the CentralFestival Hatyai shopping mall, and is operated by the Major Cineplex Group.

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
Krung Sri IMAX 1421 CentralFestival Hatyai, Songkla Opened in December 2013; the second branch with IMAX HFR system.
Hatyai Cineplex91908 CentralFestival Hatyai, Songkla Opened in December 2015 on the fifth floor of the shopping mall, the cineplex includes luxury "Ultra Screen" cinemas, with reclining seats, and 4DX Theater.

Quartier CineArt

Quartier CineArt is located in the EmQuartier (Bangkok) shopping mall, and is operated by the Major Cineplex Group.

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
Toyota IMAX 1386 EmQuartier, Vadhana Opened April 2015; moved from former location at Major Pinklao.
Quartier CineArt71048 EmQuartier, Vadhana Opened in April 2015 on the fourth floor of the shopping mall, the cineplex includes the AEON Theater @ Quartier the Thailand first and luxury cinema screened by laser projector system. SCB First Screen, the fourth location of Major Cineplex Dolby Atmos theater with RealD XL screening system. And the TRUE Screen X, the Asean first of Screen X system powered by 9 projectors and 3 screens around the theater.

WestGate Cineplex

WestGate Cineplex is located in the CentralPlaza WestGate shopping mall, and is operated by the Major Cineplex Group.

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
IMAX 1402 CentralPlaza WestGate, Bang Yai Opened August 2015; the third branch with IMAX HFR system.
WestGate Cineplex111888 CentralPlaza WestGate, Bang Yai Opened in August 2015 on the fourth–fifth floor of the shopping mall, the cineplex includes the Ultra Screen, fifth location of Major Cineplex Dolby Atmos theater with RealD 3D screening system, the 4DX with all new 13-types effect, Kids Cinema, the 2 cinema halls for kids by adaption the concept from EGV Kids Cinemas @ Future Park Rangsit, and 6 digital cinema halls.

Major Hollywood

Major Hollywood is a small chain of cinemas in suburban Bangkok.

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
Major Hollywood Suksawat7Suksawat Road, RatburanaThe first branch of Major Hollywood cinema chain.
Major Hollywood Chaeng Watthana101799Chaeng Watthana Road, Pak Kret, Nonthaburi There are 3 types of auditoriums. First, 8 Standard auditoriums with total 1713 seats.Second, 1 auditorium named Major Hollywood's "Sweet" cinemas are fitted with couches and are designed for couples provided only 56 seats.Third,1 auditorium named Major Hollywood's "Star" cinemas are small screening rooms fitted with thickly padded reclining seats, with tableside food-and-beverage service provided only 30 v.i.p. seats.There are also bowling alley and karaoke rooms.
Major Hollywood Ramkhamhaeng10Ramkhamhaeng Road, Bang Kapi, opposite Ramkhamhaeng University Three-story complex has a shopping arcade, snack shops, 18-lane bowling alley and karaoke facilities. There are also "Sweet" and "Star" v.i.p auditoriums.All standard auditoriums has leg-space up to 1.5 meter with new style comfortable seat.
U HollywoodN/APhahonyothin Rd. opposite Central Lat Proa Shopping Mall.6th floor on Union Mall Shopping Complex.The world class eco-cinema concept opening in 14 Jan 2012 Thailand Children's Day.

Nevada

Nevada is a chain in northeastern Thailand.

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
Nevada Multiplex Ubon Ratchathani72100 Ubon Ratchathani A cinema and hotel complex was the first multiplex in Thailand.
Nevada3 Sakon Nakhon
Nevada3 Roi Et
Nevada Udon Thani Located at IT Plaza

SF Group

SF Cinema

SF Cinema is one of the brand names of SF Group. SF Cinema, dubbed SFC is targeted at middle-class families and teenagers. Its location is designed under the theme of Orange and White in relation to its logo and corporate identity system. [7]

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
SF Cinema Bang Khae82088The Mall Bang Khae, Phetkasem RoadOpened in August 2001 in suburban shopping center under the concept "Movie Fantasy".
SF Cinema Bang Kapi143639The Mall Bangkapi, Lat Phrao RoadOpened in August 2001 in suburban shopping center under the concept of "Movie Pavilion". Includes one VIP auditorium. Has digital capability.
SF Cinema Bangsaen41200Laemthong Shopping Center Bangsaen Cholburi Opened in February 2010
SF Cinema Chanthaburi41100Robinson Department Store, Chanthaburi Renovated from SF Multiplex in 2008.
SF Cinema Central Chonburi71800 CentralPlaza Chonburi Opened in March 2009
SF Cinema Jungceylon5Jungceylon Shopping Complex, Phuket Oriental-themed entertainment complex and shopping mall with bowling and karaoke. Opened in October 2007.
SF Cinema Khon Kaen82400 CentralPlaza Khon Kaen Opened in December 2009
SF Cinema Laemchabang4Harbor Mall Shopping Center, Laemchabang, Amphoe Si Racha, Chonburi Province Opened in March 2009.
SF Cinema Rayong9Passione Shopping Destination Rayong SF Rayong Added 2 Cinema
SF Cinema MBK82120 MBK Center, Pathum Wan The company's first multiplex branch, opened in 1999 under the theme "Movie Planet". Also has VIP cinema, bowling alley, karaoke; at Skytrain's National Stadium station. Has digital capability. Currently undergoing a comprehensive renovation program.
SF Cinema Pattaya61610 Central Marina
SF Cinema Ramintra62100 Central Plaza Ramindra
SF Cinema Rattanathibet7 CentralPlaza Rattanathibet, Nonthaburi
SF Cinema Asoke82000 Terminal 21 Asoke Junction, BangkokOpened in October 2011
SF Cinema Tha Phra8The Mall Tha Phra, BangkokFacility to be expanded to up to 12 screens. There is also a bowling alley at the complex. The cinema is being promoted as "High Class Luxury Cinema Experience". Renovated facility opened in October 2007.
SF Cinema The Square Bangyai51200Bangyai Square Bangkok
SF Cinema Trang3900Robinson Lifestyle Center Trang
SF Cinema Suphanburi4Robinson Lifestyle Center Suphanburi
SF Cinema Ubon Ratchathani7City Mall Shopping Center @ Sunee Tower Ubon Ratchathani
SF Cinema Udon Thani8Landmark Plaza Udon Thani
SF Cinema Kanchanaburi5Robinson Lifestyle Center Kanchanaburi
SF Cinema Chiang Mai8Promenada Resort Mall Chiang Mai
SF Cinema Bang Phli6Big C Bangphli
SF Cinema Srisaman6Robinson Lifestyle Srisaman
SF Cinema Nakhonsithammarat 26CentralPlaza Nakhonsithammarat
SF Cinema Srinakarin5JAS Urban Srinakarin
SF Cinema Mahachai6CentralPlaza Mahachai
SF Cinema Phayao3Tops Plaza Phayao
SF Cinema Chonburi 25Robinson Lifestyle Chonburi-Amata Nakhon
SF Cinema Prachin Buri 22Big C Prachin Buri
SF Cinema Muang Thong Thani5Cosmo Bazaar Muang Thong Thani
SF Cinema ChumphonTesco Lotus Chumphon
SF Cinema Sattahip2Tesco Lotus SattahipOld 7-BOX CINEMAX

SF World Cinema

SF World Cinema is SF Group's flagship cinema location. It is located within CentralWorld in Bangkok. It caters to a top-end level of customers with services under the concept of "personalized touch" for every type of customers. Opened in January 2007 with a total of 15 screens and 4,121 seats, it is the flagship branch of the SF chain. The cinema is a venue for film premieres and festivals. Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre is adjacent. The cinema also houses a number of digital projectors. The cinema has re-opened in October 2010 after undergoing extreme renovation due to the 2010 Red Shirt Protest and the following mass arson causing the CentralWorld mall to be engulfed in flames.

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
SF World Cinema112915 CentralWorld, seventh floor
Cat First Class Cinemas2180 CentralWorld, eighth floorThe First Class cinemas at SF World offers seating with motorized recline, pre-show buffet, cocktail reception, five-star service and unlimited popcorn and drinks in the cinema.
World Happiness Screen1126 CentralWorld, ninth floorThe cinema is tastefully decorated in a vibrant color scheme to serve the needs of families. The cinema offers three types of seating ranging from day beds, lazy chairs and bean bags. Family films and animations are regularly played in this auditorium.
MasterCard Cinema1900 CentralWorld, ninth floorThe World Max Screen is SF Group's largest theatre boasting over 900 seats. It is the third largest cinema in Thailand behind Siam Pavalai and Scala.

SFX Cinemas

SFX Cinemas is SF Group's premium brand of cinemas. The cinemas are tastefully decorated and offer a higher-end level of premium services and an array of latest technologies in cinema presentation such as First Class seating and Dolby three-way sound.

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
SFX Central Chaengwattana102450 Central Plaza Chaengwattana, sixth floor, Chaengwattana RoadOpened in November 2008. The complex is slated to be Thailand's first all-digital cinema. The complex also houses one First Class Cinema. In the concept of " Exotica Cinema"
SFX Pattaya Beach102922 Central Festival Pattaya Beach, sixth floor, Pattaya Second Beach RoadOpened in January 2009. The complex contains 8 Standard Cinemas along with one First Class Cinema and one Alfresco Cinema " The Porch"
SFX Central Lat Phrao93000 Central Plaza Lat Phrao, sixth floor, Phahonyothin RoadOpened in 2002 as the first in the SF Group's SFX "boutique" brand of cinemas. It has two "First Class" cinema and digital capability.
SFX Central Phuket71890 Central Phuket (Festival)
SFX Central Rama 9113670Central Plaza Rama IX
SFX Maya Chiang Mai10Maya Chiang Mai
SFX Crystal Veranda8Crystal Veranda
SFX Nakhon Ratchasima9CentralPlaza Nakhon Ratchasima
SFX Pattaya 27Terminal 21 Pattaya
SFX Ngamwongwan101934The Mall NgamwongwanOpened 2 July 2019

Emprive Cineclub

Emprive Cineclub is SF Group's exclusive brand of cinemas. It is located within The Emporium, in Bangkok. It caters to a top-end level of customers with services under the concept of "exclusive cinema experience" for top-end type of customers. Opened in February 2015 with a total of 5 screens and 1,200 seats, it is the luxurious branch of the SF chain.

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
Emprive Cineclub51200 The Emporium, Sukhumvit 24, Khlong Toei In second major remodeling of the top floors of The Emporium shopping complex, this branch was converted into luxurious format and bundled with 2 Dolby Atmos theater and it's screening by Sony Digital Cinema system. It's formerly a United Artists theater and a SFX Cinema theater.

Thana

Thana Cineplex is a chain of small cinemas based in Central and Northern Thailand.

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
Thana Cineplex Ayutthaya4 Tesco Lotus Ayutthaya
Thana Cineplex Chiang Kam1344Chiang Kam, Phayao Province
Thana Cineplex Chiang Rai2701BigC Chiang Rai
Thana Cineplex Kamphaeng Phet1175 Kamphaeng Phet
Thana Cineplex Kanchanaburi 21Castle Mall, Kanchanaburi
Thana Cineplex Lampang2BigC, Lampang
Thana Cineplex Lopburi2BigC, Lopburi
Thana Cineplex Nakhon Pathom4BigC, Nakhon Pathom
Thana Cineplex Nakhon Sawan1360 Nakhon Sawan
Thana Cineplex Phetchaburi2 Phetchaburi
Thana Cineplex Phichit2 Phichit Province
Thana Cineplex Phitsanulok4BigC, Phitsanulok
Thana Cineplex Phayao1404 Phayao
Thana Cineplex Phrae1342 Phrae
Thana Cineplex Phrae (Mark Four)1Mark Four Department Store, Phrae
Thana Cineplex Ratchaburi2Royal Park Department Store, Ratchaburi
Thana Cineplex Samut Prakan2BigC Samut Prakan
Thana Cineplex Saraburi2Taweekij Department Store, Saraburi
Thana Cineplex Sing Buri2203 Sing Buri
Thana Cineplex Suphanburi 1 (O.K. Rama)1657 Suphanburi
Thana Cineplex Suphanburi 2 (Fah Siam)1602 Suphanburi
Thana Cineplex Uttaradit1500 Uttaradit

Vista

Vista is a cinema chain based in Chiang Mai.

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
Vista Kadsuankeaw7Central Kadsuankeaw, Chiang Mai Has English-soundtrack movies. Vista 1-4 are older screens with only normal seating available. Vista 5-7 are newer screens comparable to Major Cineplex Airport Plaza.

Others

CinemaScreensSeatsLocationRemarks
Alliance française 122529 South Sathon Road, Sathon Holds regular screenings of French films and films from other countries with French subtitles. [8]
Bell Cinema City3 Chaiyaphum
Century The Movie Plaza8Phayathai Road, Ratchathewi This multiplex anchoring a shopping mall opened in 2005. It is located near the Skytrain's Victory Monument station.
Fairy Cineplex4Fairy Plaza, Khon Kaen Sometimes has English-soundtrack films.
Goethe-Institut 18/1 Soi Goethe, Sathon Soi 1, Sathon Regularly holds screenings of German films. [9]
House RCA2200 Royal City Avenue, Huai Khwang House is a boutique art film cinema on the third floor of the UMG RCA cinema in Bangkok. It opened in 2004. All films have English and Thai subtitles. The cinema has a café and a library lounge, where books and magazines about cinema can be browsed. House sometimes hosts special events and movie-preview parties. The ticket price for all seats is 100 baht. and House RCA Closed 31 August, Move to Samyan Mitrtown
House Samyan3 Samyan Mitrtown, Samyan Moved from House RCA
Japan Foundation 10th Floor, Sermmit Tower, 159 Sukhumvit Soi 21, Watthana Holds regular screenings of Japanese films, usually with Thai subtitles only. [10]
Kosa Cineplex4 Khon Kaen
Prince3 Khon Kaen
Five Stars Multiplex6 Nakhon Ratchasima
Embassy Diplomat Screens5 Childom Located at Central Embassy. All sofa cineplex with premium service. Developed by AIS.
Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre 166 Charoen Krung Road, Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon Sala Chalermkrung is Bangkok's oldest cinema and was the first air-conditioned theater in Thailand. Built on the order of King Prajadhipok and named by him, it was opened on July 2, 1933. It is the only theater from the first "golden age" of Thai cinema still standing. No longer regularly showing movies, the theater has been renovated and is principally used for Thai dance performances.

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A movie theater, cinema, or cinema hall, also known as a picture house, the pictures, or the movies, is a building that contains auditoria for viewing films for entertainment. Most, but not all, theaters are commercial operations catering to the general public, who attend by purchasing a ticket. Some movie theaters, however, are operated by non-profit organizations or societies that charge members a membership fee to view films.

AMC Theatres Movie theater chain

AMC Theatres is a multi-nation-owned movie theater chain headquartered in Leawood, Kansas, and is the largest movie theater chain in the world. Founded in 1920, AMC has the largest share of the American theater market ahead of Cineworld and Cinemark Theatres.

Cineplex Entertainment Canadian entertainment company and movie theater chain

Cineplex Inc. is a Canadian entertainment company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.

Siam Paragon shopping mall

Siam Paragon is a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand. It is one of the largest malls in Thailand, along with IconSiam, CentralWorld and CentralPlaza WestGate.

Multiplex (movie theater) movie theater complex with multiple screens

A multiplex is a movie theater complex with multiple screens within a single complex. They are usually housed in a specially designed building. Sometimes, an existing venue undergoes a renovation where the existing auditoriums are split into smaller ones, or more auditoriums are added in an extension or expansion of the building. The largest of these complexes can sit thousands of people and are sometimes referred to as a megaplex.

SF Group

SF Group is a cinema and entertainment venue operator in Thailand. Behind the combined operations of Major Cineplex and the EGV chain, SF Group is the second-largest cinema chain in Thailand, with more than 379 screens in 63 locations.

Major Cineplex Group Public Co. Ltd. is the largest operator of movie theaters in both Thailand and Laos. Combined with its subsidiary, EGV Entertainment, the company has 490 screens around Thailand. Among its properties is Thailand's largest multiplex, the Paragon Cineplex at Siam Paragon, with 16 screens and 5,000 seats, along with the IMAX theater. The second-largest chain in Thailand is SF Cinema City.

CentralWorld shopping mall in Thailand

CentralWorld is a shopping plaza and complex in Bangkok, Thailand. It is the eleventh largest shopping complex in the world. The complex, which includes a hotel and office tower, is owned by Central Pattana. In 2006, after three years of design and renovation, CentralWorld was expanded to 550,000 m2 (5,900,000 sq ft) of shopping mall and 830,000 m2 (8,900,000 sq ft) of complex, topping nearby rival Siam Paragon in terms of size.

Seacon Square

Seacon Square is a large indoor shopping mall in Prawet District, Bangkok. It was opened in 1994 in a ceremony presided over by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The shopping center has a gross leasable area of 180,000 m2 (1,900,000 sq ft), a total area of 500,000 m2 (5,400,000 sq ft) and houses more than 400 stores. The building is 500 metres long, making it one of the largest shopping malls in Thailand. It opens daily at 10:30am.

ArcLight Hollywood multiplex movie theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles, United States

The ArcLight Hollywood is a 15-screen multiplex located at 6360 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. All 15 screens feature stadium seating, and carry a THX certification for optimal sound and picture presentation. The building is located adjacent to the Cinerama Dome, which is now part of the ArcLight complex. The theater opened March 22, 2002 and is a subsidiary of The Decurion Corporation, which also owns Pacific Theatres.

Paradise Park (mall)

Paradise Park or formerly known as Seri Center is a shopping mall located in Prawet, Bangkok, Thailand. The retail giants Siam Piwat and MBK made a new joint-venture for new opportunities in the suburbs of Bangkok their Paradise Park Srinagarindra transformed Seri Center at a total cost of Bt3.2 billion. The mall opened officially on August 24, 2010. It has been a rival to a nearby mall, Seacon Square. Of the visitors to Paradise Park, about 70 per cent are people who live within a 3-kilometre radius, while the rest come from other areas of Bangkok as well as upcountry. The two companies bought the shares of Seri Centre Management for more than Bt975 million and transformed it into a new mega-mall that is expected to attract about 100,000 visitors a day.

The Esplanade (Bangkok) shopping mall

The Esplanade is a shopping and entertainment complex on Ratchadaphisek Road in Din Daeng district, Bangkok, with a second branch on Rattanathibet Road in Nonthaburi.

CJ CGV South Korean movie theater chain

CJ CGV is the largest multiplex cinema chain in South Korea and also has branches in China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Turkey, Vietnam, and the United States. The fifth largest multiplex theater company in the world, CJ CGV currently operates 3,412 screens at 455 locations in seven countries, including 1,111 screens at 149 locations in South Korea. CGV takes its name from the first letters of the joint venture partners at the time of launching; CJ, Golden Harvest, and Village Roadshow.

The Mall Group Thai retail company

The Mall Group is one of Thailand's largest mall operators. Its main rival is the Central Group. Mall Group's brands include The Mall, Emporium, Siam Paragon, Power Mall, Gourmet Market, The Mall SkyPORT, EmQuartier, SportsMall, BeTrend, and BLÚPORT.

CentralPlaza Pinklao

Central Plaza Pinklao is a shopping mall on Borommaratchachonnani Road in Bangkok Noi District, Bangkok, Thailand.

CentralPlaza Rama II shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand

Central Plaza Rama II is a shopping center located on Rama II Rd in Bang Khun Thian District, Bangkok, Thailand. The mall opened in 2002. Central Rama II can support people from the Thonburi, Jomthong, and Bangkhuntien areas. People from nearly provinces such as Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram also visit this shopping center. Foreign workers also often visit here.

Neighborhood Cinema Group, branded as NCG Cinemas, is a movie theater chain headquartered in Owosso, Michigan and are owned and operated by the Geiger family. The chain consists at present of 25 theaters with 147 screens. Most of the theaters are located in Michigan with 10 locations, especially in the Flint/Tri-Cities region and the Greater Lansing area. The group also operates in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, New York State, North and South Carolina and Tennessee.

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