BMA is not allowed to use Hua Lamphong station for outdoor cinema show
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has rejected a plan by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to use Hua Lamphong Station as an outdoor screening location for a popular Thai drama film, called “Khu Kam” (Sunset at Chaophraya) this Sunday, saying that the station is a controlled area and there may be many passengers returning from vacation after this week’s public holidays.
SRT public relations director Eakkaruch Sreerayunpong said today (Thursday) that they have not yet been formally approached by the BMA and they have not granted clearance.
He said the SRT would take into consideration the suitability of the location of the event, as well as the safety of people using the station’s services, which he described as a “closed” area.
Noting the continued rise in COVID-19 infections and the SRT’s tightened security measures, he said Hua Lamphong station was not suitable for public viewing of movies.
Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt told Thai PBS he understood SRT’s concerns, adding that he would try to find a new venue for the screening and asked media and critics not to consider the refusal. as being politically motivated.
He explained, however, that his initial choice of Hua Lamphong stemmed from his desire to make Bangkok feel and appreciate the nostalgic atmosphere of an open-air film, long absent from the capital.
The BMA recently launched a program to show old Thai films outdoors, as part of the new governor’s ambitious plan to improve Bangkok.