Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre is situated on Charoengkrung Road in Bangkok, less than 10 min walk from The Grand Palace and The Emerald Buddha Temple. It was established on July 3, 1933, and for many years it was a movie theater, but now it offers Thai classical dance performances, Khon – Sala Chalermkrung Hanuman (Thai Masked Dance). The theatre has a 619-seats capacity – (143 seats on the upper level, and 476 seats on the lower level) plus a royal box on the mezzanine level.
The Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theater was designed by architect Mom Chao Samaichalerm Kridakara. The building is a harmonious blend of Western architecture and Thai interior design.
An example of modern architecture, the theater is a tall square structure with very strong structural supports. It was designed as a space for films as well as musical and theatrical performances. The lobby is located on the first floor in front of the theater. Above it, on the mezzanine level, is a special reception room called the Mekhala Hall, which is used for members of the royal family visiting VIPs and press conferences.
The Samaichalerm Hall
The former royal film projection room, with its elegant decor is used for various special events, including seminars, receptions and press conferences. The hall can accommodate from 200 to 300 guests.
Sala Chalermkrung Exhibition Hall
It has a collection of exhibits and objects that reveal the rich history of the country’s performing arts. It is a place where visitors can reflect on the past and better understand the art and culture of Thailand.
On display are documents, photographs and other items both belonging to the Royal Sala Chalermkrung Theatre and related to the country’s musical community. The exhibits are a vivid testament to the theater’s past and an educational resource for students studying music, theater and other performing arts in Thailand.
The Sala Chalermkrung Exhibition Hall sponsors a number of special events, including the annual exhibition commemorating the founding of the theater and a memorial ceremony for Mit Chaibanch, one of Thailand’s most beloved actors, held on October 8 each year. In addition, the hall, led by MR Chaiyachatra Sukswasti, hosts exhibitions on important temples and historical sites around Rattanakosin Island, the historic heart of old Bangkok.
The entrance fee is 400 THB for foreigners and 200 THB for Thais.
SALA CHALERMKRUNG ROYAL THEATRE LOCATION
- Address: 66 Charoen Krung Rd, Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200
- Tel. 0222587578, 0262381489
- Website http://www.salachalermkrung.com
OPENING HOURS: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm daily
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Great experience! Good music, spacious theater, Thai masked dance. There is a cafeteria in the building. Friendly staff. You can see the show for free with a ticket to the Grand Palace. The last show on this ticket is at 5:30 pm. 15-20 minute walk from the Grand Palace.