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We’ve got theater-themed watering hole Backstage Bar, art deco cinema hotel Prince Theatre Heritage Stay and geek movie hangout FICS. So why not more places inspired by movie halls?

Hustle over to Samut Prakan in southeast metro Bangkok to find Scenema, a striking cafe that aims to capture the faded glory of old cinemas. 

Adorned with antique popcorn cabinets, a photo booth by Photoautomat, red theater-style chairs and a red carpet, the cafe can’t make up for the loss of Bangkok’s standalone theaters (Scala, the Siam, etc.), but it does offer a fun spot to sip your latte. 

The menu sticks to the theme with drinks like popcorn lattes topped with caramel corn (THB79), pancakes with salted caramel popcorn (THB129) and salted caramel bingsu (THB139).

There are savory bites, too, such baked ham cheese toast (THB49), fried chicken in flavors like tom yam and krapao (THB79) and tonkatsu curry rice (THB79).  

Customers can order from a bar designed to replicate a box office, then take some snaps with friends in the photo booth.

Scenema is open 10am to 8pm every day. It can be reached via taxi from BTS Pu Chao.


Scenema Cafe
Soi Mu Ban Thipphawan 1 Soi 43, Bang Muang, Samut Prakan
10am – 8pm daily

This article, Near-Bangkok cafe rolls out red carpet to pay homage to the cinema age, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

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