Auguste and Louis Lumière had a film exhibition that toured in Southeast Asia in 1894, and on June 9, 1897, "the wonderful Parisian cinematograph" was screened in Bangkok, and is the first known film screening in Thailand.

That same year, the film of the visit to Europe by King Chulalongkorn was brought back to Thailand, along with camera equipment acquired by the king's brother, Prince Sanbassatra. The prince, considered "the father of Thai cinema", made many films and his work was shown commercially.