We used to treat ourselves to a trip to Bangkok just to see a movie on the big screen. I remember we twice checked out the local Khmer films. They sold fruit instead of popcorn, which was nice. But the air con was poor, the sound quality was horrible, and conversations including mobile phone calls were rampant. Once, about halfway or more through the film, the reel unexpectedly stopped and they started it right back at the beginning. Only the three or so foreigners sitting in the theater looked around, baffled, while everyone else seemed fine with it. It was not the theater experience we’re used to.
But now we have two very nice cineplex theaters in the Penh! Seats are big, screen and sound quality is great, and they even start on time! Plus, moviegoers are strongly encouraged to turn mobile phones off or put them on silent/vibrate and attendants make sure everyone complies. We even got to see Prometheus in 3D. Offerings this week include nonstop action with Bourne Legacy, Total Recall, Spiderman playing at both theaters. They also have family friendly Brave and Ice Age 4. And I’m amazed to see The Dictator (Sacha Baron Cohen) here, at Legend. Check out the listings before you go: