Though little more than a glorified broom-cupboard, this Siam Square shop is home to the biggest and best collection of retro Thai movie posters in all Thailand. There’s no table in here – there isn’t room for one. Instead its owner, the smiley Mr Santi, improvises by plonking you on a stool facing him and stretching plyboard across both our knees. Once wedged in place, out comes his stash, accumulated via years of tips-offs and plundering old cinemas. And what a stash. Spanning all the way from cut-and-paste photo posters from the 1950s to the generic Western-style movie posters of today, it’s a wonder this lot hasn’t already been snapped for safe-keeping by the Thai Film Archive. Their loss, your gain. Highlights include a little two-tone Nang Kwak poster from 1958, and one-sheets for Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. The latter is debatably the creative high watermark of Thailand’s distinctive painted poster style; a style which saw Thai artists being commissioned to paint all the juicy scenes from each film in to one lurid, technicolour, pull-you-in montage. The foyers they used to hang in are mostly dust now, but seek out this ickle obscurity and you can give them a proud new home. If you think the prices steep, work that smile and see if Mr Santi won’t cut you a deal.
Classic Movie Posters
Siam Square Soi 2, near Lido Theatre (behind 7-eleven) | BTS Siam | 02-255-3677 | Mon-Fri 2pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 2pm-7pm | B150-B10,000+