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01 - Scala

Bangkok

Amid the riotous chaos of Siam Square – where hordes of young shoppers converge at bustling outdoor food and fashion stalls surrounded by air-conditioned malls smack-dab in the middle of Bangkok – there sits the palm tree-lined, glass-fronted Scala Theatre, a cinematic paean to tropical Art Deco. Built in 1969 by the popular stage actor Pisit Tansacha, who personally measured the 1,000-seat cinema and designed its chairs so that every movie-goer had a perfect view of the screen, the Scala is an iconic relic in a rapidly changing…

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