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Bangkok cinema's golden age ends as curtain falls on Scala

Demise of famed theater leaves new generation of independent movie houses

Bangkok's Scala theater on the night of July 5, when the iconic building hosted its final screening. (Photo by Yukako Ono)

BANGKOK -- The closure of Thailand's best-known stand-alone movie theater in early July marked the end of an era for Thai cinema, completing the replacement of the capital's large independent picture houses with gleaming but bland megaplexes. Yet an appetite for independent films has seen growth of small, arthouse cinemas in Bangkok.

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