Photo: Abandoned Bangkok Theater Turns Into Makeshift Restaurant

One of my favorite things about Bangkok, Thailand is being able to see all of the different faces it presents. A few months ago I had an overnight layover and decided, instead of spending the evening at the Lebua SkyBar, to go wander the streets around Chinatown, have a nice seafood meal, and see what other scenes of the city I could find. Never disappointed, I came upon this recently abandoned movie theater that has now been taken over by a street-food vendor and made into a makeshift restaurant. I don’t know what I like this image so much. I guess it is because so much is happening in the details. I also like it because it is a snapshot in time, not just because of the contemporary movie posters, but because it is not likely going to be allowed to exist for very long.

Abandoned Bangkok Movie Theater Transformed into a Street-Food Restaurant

Abandoned Bangkok Movie Theater Transformed into a Street-Food Restaurant

Developed using software from the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Lightroom and Photoshop)

Exposure: 1/160 sec @ f/3.5
ISO: 10,000
Focal Length: 50 mm

Created with:

Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP DSLR
Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art Lens

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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    • Wow, I didn’t notice that! The movies did seem a bit contemporary. Bangkok, especially Chinatown, is such a photographically rich environment. Have you been to the Night Train Market? I am going to try a few more of the places mentioned in your post!

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