He’s documenting history, one Asian movie theater at a time
July 1, 2012 10:59 AM Subscribe
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Three years ago, Phil Jablon (aka The Projectionist) started a concerted effort to start documenting the rapidly-vanishing stand-alone movie theaters and former theaters in Southeast Asia.
Today his website, The Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project
is a historian and movie-theater lover's dream. Jablon has captured the faded
, the lost
, the torched
, the almost lost
, the repurposed
, the reborn
, and the unbounded
The photos that Jablon has taken outside.
document the various. styles.
; the colors.
and feelings. projected.
back in the theaters salad days.
But more interesting is the life that is breathed into the photos by the answers, stories and photos (both old.
) that he collects when talking with current. wor.kers.
, former workers.
, and people who were kids at the time of the theater's heyday.
The site brings images of buildings. to life.
by bringing old stories (from those who loved them) to light.
"This is Mr. Phayungsak …as a child, his father ran an older theater in town made of bamboo and mud... " (Suwan Rama theater)
"The staircase led to balcony-level seating, the projection booth and the sound room, where live dubbers, sent by the film distribution company, would perform the voices for foreign movies." (Sri Pathana theater)
"Dawei was memorable for its colorful tag-alongs, like this guy, who prided himself in resembling Mr. Bean." (Mingala Thiri cinema)
To date Mr. Jablon has visited and written about scores of theaters in Thailand, Laos, and Burma. Below, as on his site, are links to all of his posts broken down by geographic region:
- Cambodia (1)
- Korea (1)
- Laos, Central (7)
- Laos, North (10)
- Laos, South (9)
- Myanmar (Burma), Bago Division (5)
- Myanmar (Burma), Mandalay Division (11)
- Myanmar (Burma), Shan State (5)
- Myanmar (Burma), Thanintharyi Division (4)
- Myanmar (Burma), Yangon Division (18)
- Myanmar (Burma), Magwe Division (5)
- Thailand, Central (11)
- Thailand, Central, Bangkok (59)
- Thailand, Isan (44)
- Thailand, North (44)
- Thailand, South (6)
- Vietnam, South (4)