Lina checks in on the capital’s English-language movie scene:
Remembering a time when Phnom Penh didn’t have a “proper” movie theater makes me sound like an old-fogey, reminiscing about the days gone by when locals would watch movies in small shops with a dozen chairs and usually two or three screens loudly blaring different films at the same time.
These days, there are a half-dozen places in town to see English-language movies in Phnom Penh, from giant theaters showing Hollywood blockbusters to smaller theaters that screen documentaries, independent and foreign films.
What follows is an excellent rundown of Phnom Penh movie houses, with synopses of every player in the market. Flicks, the “community” movie theater, for example, specializes in new releases and popular classics. Meta House, the de facto German Cultural Center of Phnom Penh, consistently screens world-class documentaries of notable import.
Popcorn aficionados take note: some of the smaller places will sell you microwave-style popcorn. The big movie houses possess actual popcorn machines you remember from childhood. But they offer only “salty” and “sweet,” the later a lightly coated caramel corn. Sadly, however, Cambodia still can’t sell you the “hot buttery popcorn” you know and love.
The salty is a darn good second, though, and a large only costs a couple of bucks.
PHOTO: Georges Biard