By Hannah Stevens @hanahshewans
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Photographer Dax Ward was tipped off about the stunning location when he came across photographer Philip Jablon’s blog, who is creating a photographic record of stand-alone theatres across Southeast Asia.
Unable to resist exploring another historic, but forgotten, building, Dax headed to the Paris Theatre in the Dusit District of Bangkok, Thailand.
He said: “If you consider the speedy development and gentrification that goes on in major cities these days, especially Bangkok, you realise how much the past is being erased in terms of architectural and social history.
”I think that I am drawn to abandoned places for the same reasons that many people are, because we’re reminded of what once was, what might’ve been, and what happens when we forget.
“Also, film and TV has a role to play these days. In the past decade or so, there’s been a massive increase in popularity of the post-apocalyptical genre of film and TV.
“Now people are more curious about how things might be without people around.”
The eerie theatre first opened its doors in 1957 and closed down approximately ten years ago when it went bankrupt.
Situated in the centre of a busy, and once thriving, district the theatre’s loss is mourned by many, but renters are keeping some of its beauty alive.
Across Thailand people can stay in abandoned properties to save money and the Paris Theatre is no different.
Those immune to the theatre’s creepier elements can cross the street and rent areas of the ghostly building at cheap rates.
Ward said: “The people that lived here were going about their daily routine and didn’t seem to mind us being there and finally one of them told us it was alright for us to go into the theatre auditorium area.
“I get the feeling that, as long as you’re polite and ask in advance, it is okay to have a look.
“That said, I doubt they would like being a regular stop on a tourist map.”