As films are projected inside the last remaining stand-alone cinemas in Yangon, a distinctive cultural identity is on the verge of disappearing.
During the first half of the 20th century, Myanmar had one of the most productive film industries in Southeast Asia and over three hundred cinemas operated throughout the country. Yangon's 'cinema row' on Bogyoke Aung San Street was the beating heart of the cinephile culture and home to a collection of stand-alone cinemas dating back to the 1920's. Many of these had stood the test of time, until now. With economic development comes destruction and the urban landscape of the city centre is being transformed. Cinemas are being closed and demolished to make way for shopping malls, business towers and hotels. 'Cinema row' is fading quickly into the past and the disappearance of these cinemas is contributing directly to the loss of Myanmar's film history.