August 14, 2014 Tooktik2805

Throwback Thursday | Hong Hoop Ngao in Laos

You may hear older citizens in Laos refer to movie theaters as “hong hoop ngao,” which means “shadow picture houses.”

One of these in Pakse, Laos is the Hong Hoop Ngao Ta Luang, or Royal Port Theater which closed down in the mid-1980’s.

The owner still lives in town, which is unusual; many theater owners fled the country when the communists took power in 1975.