The What’s Up Guide to the Best Movie Experiences in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second city and the biggest in the northern regions of Thailand. It is home to several quality cinemas at which film fans can watch the latest releases from Hollywood, Bollywood, Thailand and other movie production locations in Asia. Chiang Mai cinemas show US and other English language movies with their original soundtracks and subtitles in Thai script, but some are dubbed into Thai. It is a good idea to check the soundtrack is in English when buying admission tickets.

Chiang Mai’s cinemas are mostly multi-screen complexes located at shopping malls. The movie theatres are equipped with comfortable seating and superior sound systems. Popcorn, other snacks and drinks are sold in the foyers of the cinemas. Our guide to the cinemas in Chiang Mai is below and gives details about location and the likelihood of seeing English films.

Last Updated: September 2018

The Central Festival Mall was a welcome addition to Chiang Mai’s shopping and entertainment choices when it opened in late 2013. The mall is home to a state-of-the-art Major Cineplex multi-screen cinema at which the newest blockbuster movies are shown. An EN/TH designation on the film ad means the soundtrack is English.
Major Cineplex: Central Festival Chiang Mai, #99, M. 4, T. Fah Ham, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 10:00-22:00 (Daily) | Tickets: 80-400 B | Tel: +66 53 999 499 | Website | Facebook

The Central Plaza Airport’s Major Cineplex is also a multi-screen cinema with a lavish décor, thick carpeting and super-comfort seating. The film screenings are similar to those at the Central Festival and EN/TH means an English soundtrack. This American style movie theatre is on the top floor of the Central Airport Plaza and right next to a food centre with a varied assortment of dishes.
Major Cineplex: Central Plaza Airport Chiang Mai, #2, Mahidol Rd., T. Hai Ya, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 10:00-21:00 (Daily) | Tickets: 80-400 B | Tel: +66 53 999 199 | Website Facebook

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The Promenada Resort Mall is a relatively recent addition to Chiang Mai’s mall collection and its SF Cinema City is a comfortable movie theatre screening up to date films. It pays to check at the box office if the film has an English soundtrack. The Promenada is located to the east of Chiang Mai. Songthaew, tuk-tuk or taxi are the most convenient options for reaching the mall.
SF Cinema City : Promenada Resort Mall, #192-193, M. 2, T. Thasala, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 10:00-21:00 (Daily) | Tickets: 80-450 B | Tel: +66 53 107 888 | Website | Facebook

The Maya Lifestyle Shopping Mall is another modern lifestyle mall and is conveniently located on Huay Kaew Road. The mall’s SFX Cinema was designed for comfort and shows the latest English and Thai films. After show options are good here too with a great choice of dining venues, a rooftop bar centre and Nimmanhaemin Road on the other side of the Maya crossroads.
SFX Cinema: Maya Lifestyle Shopping Mall, #55, M. 5, Huay Kaew Rd., T. Chang Phuak, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 11:00-22:00 (Daily) Tickets: 80-450 B | Tel: +66 52 081 030 | Website | Facebook

Kad Suan Kaew is on Huay Kaew too and is the oldest mall in Chiang Mai. The Vista Cinema dates from when the mall was built in the early 1990s. The sound systems in the theatres at the Vista probably date from this time too and do not give quite the same clarity as the newer cinemas. A good proportion of the films screened here have Thai soundtracks only so it is a good idea to check before buying tickets.
Vista Cinema: Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall, #21, Huay Kaew Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 10:00-21:00 (Daily) | Tickets: 90-110 B | Tel: +66 53 224 999 | Website

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