Bangkok has a new – or reborn – alternative cinema, and it opens Sunday.
Taking over the former Bangkok Screening Room, Doc Club & Pub will welcome a number of cinephiles to its theater and lounge with limited engagements due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions – and that means no movies yet on the big screen, for now.
For its “soft opening” through Sept. 14, it will open its doors three times a day at noon, 2:30pm and 5:30pm to show off the space to those who book via chat. Each is limited to only 12 people. Sunday’s visitors will be greeted with free drinks and snacks.
Although the quasi-lockdown measures relaxed today to allow several venues types to reopen, gatherings of more than 25 people are still prohibited, and so are cinemas.
For now, Doc Club & Pub will show some movies on a television in its cafe zone, according to staffer Nopporn Sukda.
Doc Club & Pub has renovated the second floor space in the Woof Pack Building on Soi Sala Daeng 1 to include a cafe, bar and space for art and culture in addition to the 52-seat theater.
It’s owned and operated by the Documentary Club, a group founded in 2014 through a crowdsourcing platform. The community, which counts nearly 200,000 followers online, also streams films via its Doc Club on Demand service, including dozens of licensed movies.
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