Maybe at one time.
On and I passed what looked like an abandoned movie theater this afternoon on our way to the photo shop to pick up some photos.
The Laos guidebook I have explains that there hasn’t been a movie theater in Vientiane since the early 90s. I find that kind of hard to believe for a city the size of Vientiane, but it is true. There are no movie theaters. I doubt that most tourists are going to want to see a movie when they are only here for a few days before heading up to Luang Prabang or some other destination; it must really be a bummer if you are teenager in Vientiane though.
Interestingly enough, there is a bowling alley in Vientiane. I remember passing it in the taxi when On and I first arrived here last Saturday.