Movie Theaters Near Seoul Campus
- Mega Box Yisujeom
- Located in 147-53 Sadang-dong, Dongjak-gu Seoul. Plays American box office releases.
- Lotte Cinema Seoul National University
- Located in Gwanak-gu, Cheongnyong-dong, Nambusunhwan-ro 1820
- 89 dongjak-daero, sadang-dong, dongjak-gu, seoul
- CGV Yoeido Seoul
- Yeongdeungpo-gu, yeoui-dong, gukjegeumyung-ro, 10, basement 3
Movie Theater Guide
Here in South Korea, you choose your theater seats when you buy your ticket. This is helpful when you’re running late or have a large group of people that want to sit together. However, large blockbusters are typically sold out weeks in advance. Some special seat options include: Veatbox (the seat rumbles any time an explosion or crash happens on screen), Widebox (these seats are 72 cm wide as opposed to the standard 56cm), and Sweetbox (a love seat for couples watching the movie together).
You can book your ticket several ways. First, you can buy it at the kiosk at the theater itself. These kiosks typically have English options, so no need to use a translation app. You choose the movie, the format (2D, 3D, 4DX, etc.), and your seats. A picture of the auditorium will appear so you know where the available seats are in relation to the movie screen. You can also buy straight from the ticketing booth if the kiosks are too busy. Make sure to check around for a number machine, as you may need to take a number and be called to speak with the ticketers.
Most Koreans purchase their tickets through the theater’s smartphone app and using a credit card number. You may also be prompted to enter your Alien Registration Card (ARC) number and other security information. At the end of the transaction it will give you a confirmation number. Once you arrive at the theater, you can go to any kiosk and input your confirmation number and it will issue you a receipt. This receipt is your ticket and will not be printed on ticket stub-like paper, so don’t throw it away or lose it in your bag.
Western live-action box office movies will be in English, but will have Korean subtitles. Animated movies, however, will typically be dubbed over with Korean voice actors. Korean movies typically will not have English subtitles, but even if your Korean is nonexistent at best, I recommend seeing a Korean movie just for the fun of it.