I love to go to the cinema in Pattaya and watch movies at least once a week. But while Bangkok gets all the new releases – many good quality movies with skilled actors/directors and positive reviews – they never seem to reach Pattaya.
Examples of movies that never showed up in Pattaya over recent times include iconic actor/director Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule”, the remake of “A Star Is Born” with Lady Gaga and her Oscar-winning song “Shallow”, the world’s most successful director Steven Spielberg’s “The Post”, Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s biopic “Love & Mercy” and the Beatles touring documentary “Eight Days A Week”, plus many more.
The reason I surmise is as follows: When those childish superhero-movies, often based on Marvel cartoons from the 1930s show up, they can often occupy up to six salons at a cinema – 2D, 3D, original English, dubbed to Thai, luxury salon etc. Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain America, Alita Battle Angel, Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Hellboy, Avengers and other freaky superheroes are simply blocking away quality movies.
Pattaya has four cinemas with 41 salons, all showing the same movies. Just recently “Captain Marvel” occupied over half of the salons and just now at the time of writing, “Avengers: End Game” occupies ALL the salons at Terminal 21. Ridiculous! I urge the cinemas in my adopted hometown to reserve at least one salon for quality movies.
Pete the Swede