Image this scene: Lots of of individuals — even perhaps numbering within the 1000’s — storming a Siam Sq. house that had, up till not too long ago, been a classic movie show lengthy cherished by Bangkok cinephiles.
That’s precisely what occurred final Thursday on the grand opening of Lido Join, a multifunctional efficiency house constructed on the bones of the aforementioned Lido cinema, which closed in Could 2018. The advanced was renovated by its new proprietor, Love Is Leisure. Coconuts Bangkok was among the many first to get a sneak peek of the brand new idea, so we’ll run down what’s happening there at Lido 2.0.
Let’s simply get this out of the best way first, although: We respect the scope of Lido Join’s ambitions, however being again there additionally evoked a way of bittersweet feels for us with the absence of the unique Lido.
Anyway — whereas the unique Lido possessed three cinemas that solely confirmed films, Lido Join retains one movie show (beforehand referred to as Lido 1). The screening program held on this room can be organized in collaboration with the Documentary Membership collective, which is able to present award-winning films. The primary of those packages will embody the extremely acclaimed South Korean psychological drama Burning, in addition to RBG, a documentary centered on the life and profession of U.S. Supreme Courtroom Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The opposite two cinemas that had initially been Lido 2 and Lido 3 have been repurposed into rooms for brand spanking new leisure capabilities – a lot to the reduction of everybody who thought it might merely be became extra mall house. Lido 2 is now a “reside home” and Lido 3 a “black field.”
Lido’s “reside home,” which is able to host concert events and stage performances, is barely steps away from BTS Siam, and can seemingly turn out to be a brand new common vacation spot for reside music followers. Even earlier than the house opened, some promoters had already introduced their plans to quickly take over the reside home to host gigs. Later this month, for example, indie gig organizer Have You Heard can be bringing proficient singer-songwriter Julie Byrne to carry out on the venue.
The “black field,” however, was constructed to accommodate numerous performing arts, together with concert events, exhibitions, nightlife events and even esports occasions. This previous weekend, the fashionable darkish room hosted Silent Disco, the place revelers strapped on wi-fi headphones to channel music from completely different DJs to bop in an in any other case silent house.
Surrounding the three fundamental rooms — the cinema, reside home and black field — are small outlets and cafes.
Streaming could have killed many Bangkok video shops, however Lido DVD lives on on the floor ground of Lido Join, with DVDs like The Godfather, The Shining and The Silence of the Lambs mendacity on the cabinets, simply as they did again within the cinema days. One yr after it initially closed, Kluay Kluay, a restaurant serving banana-based drinks and desserts, is again in its usual spot.
Recent new shops have taken up tenancy at Lido Join, too. On grand opening day, tons of individuals queued up in entrance of Cha Bar to get a number of the store’s well-known bubble tea. Analog photographers ascended to the second ground’s Xanap movie lab to get rolls of movie developed.
Thep-ard Kawin-anan, CEO of Lido Join, introduced that his group needed the brand new Lido Hook up with be an area for everybody to have a possibility to point out off their abilities.
“We need to construct a bridge the place folks from new and outdated generations can join,” Thep-ard mentioned.
Although Lido Join’s inventive and trendy capabilities are a welcome contribution to Bangkok’s rising up to date arts, leisure and way of life scene, it doesn’t take lengthy for these sentimental in regards to the outdated venue to note its treasured charms and good-old-day emotions are gone.
The revamped Lido Join’s fundamental audience appears to be youthful generations of Bangkokians, and that sadly leaves out some ardent movie followers who grew up understanding it as an art-film multiplex. So right here comes the primary problem for Lido Join: Will it be capable to actually “join” younger and outdated alike, as per its title? And the way?
Solely time will inform, we suppose. Suss it out for your self and tell us what you suppose — Lido Join is situated between Soi Siam Sq. 2 and Soi Siam Sq. 3, and reachable through foot from BTS Siam. To get details about what exhibits and occasions developing, try Lido Join’s official Fb web page.
Lido Join is between Soi Siam Sq. 2 and Soi Siam Sq. 3
Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok