The Ubon Pappayon Theatre – Ubon Ratchathani

The Ubon Pappayon Theatre was a building I was unaware of and have driven past many times without realising its historical significance. This all changed when I started reading about PJ.

PJ is a movie buff and has many fond memories of going to the movie theaters in downtown Philadelphia as a kid. Since moving to Thailand he has made it his mission to find all the old stand-alone theaters here before they’re lost to the march of progress as now the market is dominated by a few boring multiplexes.

His blog is well worth a read and I thank him for not only showing me something in my own back yard but to also allow me to use his photos and information.

According to PJ locals estimated the Ubon Pappayon Theatre to be between 60 and 70 years old. He says that even though it is aging, neglected and used as a warehouse, the Ubon Pappayon Theatre retains an air of architectural dignity all the same.

It is located on Phalorangrit Road, close to Tung Sri Muang Park.

Do any of my ‘older readers’ remember attending a movie here? If so, please share your experience!

6 responses to “The Ubon Pappayon Theatre – Ubon Ratchathani

  1. I remember picking up my late wife’s neices and nephew from this theatre in 1979. Because I have been here in Ubon for so long, I thought everyone knew it was an old movie theatre.

    Other old movie theatres still standing in Ubon are the Ubon Plaza shopping complex at Thung Sri Muang and a large building in the old part of town near the river which used to be the main store of Yong Sangnuan (Saveland) before they build their new store across the river opposite Ubon Wassaduk. It still has an underground car park with a lift up to the 3rd floor.

    I remember my wife also telling me about the big old wooded movie theatre on the land where the SK Shopping centre is now. It burnt to the ground some time in the 1960s.

  2. Hi Michael,

    Thanks for your comment with extra information. Unless I was born here I am not sure how I would have known this was an old theatre!! Even then, I was only 3 years old in 1979!
    The Ubon Plaza that you mentioned , is that the building opposit the north-west corner of the park?
    The building near talart yai I know about but never realised it was an old theatre.

  3. Ubon Plaza is Ubon Plaza. Like we all know Tesco Lotus, Robinson etc. It is in the northwest corner of the park. I haven’t been shopping there for a year or two so I don’t know if it still a Department store or not.

    And the above old movie theatre is on Phalorangrit Road not Phichitrangsan Road which is one up further north than Phalorangrit road which has the Seven Day Adventist church and school and Governor’s house the next block over to the east.

  4. Yep that is the one I was thinking about. Have never been in and never even looked at its name before. Thanks for the update on the road name – I will go and change the blog.

  5. The other theatre I talked about above is not so very near Talart Yai. It is on Luang Road just before the intersection of Phrommathep Road.

    If you come down past the Main City Post Office on your left (that is Luang Road) and just before Phrommathep Road, the old theatre and then Superstore is on your RIGHT. I haven’t been there for a few years and so I don’t know if it is still own by the Ubon supersore chain, Saveland-Yong Sangnuan, or whether some other business is in there.

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