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    Cinemobile - movies for rural Thailand



    From the outside it looks every inch an ordinary trailer truck, the kind that plies the Kingdom's roads transporting goods from town to town.

    Parked up, however, and the truck undergoes a complete transformation, hydraulically expanding into a free air-conditioned 100-seat movie theatre with an up-to-date movie system, including possibilities for 3D screening, and giving off the same atmosphere as a multiplex has.



    Dubbed the Cinemobile, it's the Thai Film Archive's latest tool in spreading the word about movies to those who live far away from theatres.

    While Thailand is well served by cinemas, they tend to be only in the main provincial towns. With distances between villages and towns often 100 kilometres or more, rural folk rarely bother making the effort to see a film.

    Up until a few years, small rural centres did get to see films on the big screen thanks to "nang klang plaeng", the travelling outdoor cinemas that would draw villagers of all ages. While that has become obsolete, Dome is confident that the cinemobile can take its place and attract viewers.

    The cinemobile's first tour will be around the Northeast. After a short break back in Bangkok, it will then head to the deep south for screenings in Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani provinces.

    Three or four staff members acting as projectionist, coordinator and film moderator will travel with the caravan and they will be responsible for organising activities prior to and after the screenings. Each trip is scheduled to take between two or three months with breaks in Bangkok.

    Setting up takes about an hour and the plan is to screen films at school during the day for students and in the evening for local residents. The cinemobile will travel with a movie package that include short animations for kindergarten-level kids and a full-length animations or movies with appropriate content for each age group.


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    That is great

    Movies are such an important part of life......even the crap ones my wife and her family like 555

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    we had a big screen pop up in the grounds of the local wat xmas time.
    plastic chairs and mats to sit on and some food stalls and rides for the kids too.

    it was to celebrate the passing of someone 12 months earlier.

    it had a big powerful sound system set up with it that went 24hrs/day until it was all over.

    not a bad idea too.
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    Wondered about this, and yes it's still on tour, was in Phuket two months ago



    13 May 2016
    PHUKET: A mobile movie theater will be touring Phuket this month, airing free film screenings to school children and members of the public.

    The Cine Mobile, sponsored by the Thai Film Archive, will be on the island from May 26-June 1, before continuing its tour of the southern provinces. The mobile cinema will screen five films per day – at 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, in addition to a public screening at 4:30pm.

    Thai Film Archive specialist, Wuttinun Chamchoi, said that the Cine Mobile seats up to 100 people.

    “This is a great opportunity for those people in Phuket who never get the chance to see cinema, to experience it free of charge,” Mr Wuttinun said. “The Cine Mobile is the only mobile theater in Asia, and is one of just 15 cars in the world honored by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.”

    The Cine Mobile will make stops at the following locations:
    May 26: Saphan Hin Park
    May 27: Wat Sawang Arom School in Rawai
    May 30-31: Ban Kathu Community School
    June 1: Cherng Talay Wittayakom School

    “If there are any available seats, the host schools can invite students from other, smaller schools to join as well,” Mr Wuttinun said. “For public showings, there will only be enough space for 100 audience members. However, if there are enough people, we might choose shorter movies so we can get as many people to experience the theater as possible.”

    The Cine Mobile will be showing: Babe; A Bug’s Life; Stuart Little; Hugo; Dolphin’s Tale; Eight Below; Lesson of a Dream (German); Juno; and The King of the White Elephant (Thai).



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    I'm glad to see it is still going...


    Reminded me of when I went to prep school in Maine.
    It was a very small town with a small movie theater as it's big attraction
    It played 1 movie for 2 or 3 weeks....so you just saw what they had that week
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    i had a look at an old outdoor cinema last week that has been preserved and is hosting tours through it and other old stuff at Winton in outback QLD.

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