We have been to the movies twice now.
Sarah found a site that not only lists English films playing in Korea but the site itself is in English and easy to navigate: Cine in Korea
One big difference we noticed about going to the movies in Korea is that when you purchase your tickets you purchase specific seats. This was great for us since we aren’t close to the theater and therefore have to plan ahead. And also great for groups so they don’t get split up. I guess if you usually plan last minute but arrive early this wouldn’t be as great to you.
The theater we go to is Lotte Cinema in Seosan, which is about a 30 minute drive from us.
Lotte Cinema is very interesting. On the bottom floor your purchase your tickets and it has tables to sit down and eat and in the back there is an arcade. You can buy everything you normally would at a theater, popcorn, candy, soda. But they also sell juice and the popcorn has flavors like caramel, kettle, onion, and regular. Also, you can buy beer. The bathroom is for one person at a time. I’m just kidding.
Per Sarah’s request, we saw Thor 2: The Dark World in October.
And then this past weekend we saw Catching Fire, the second installment in The Hunger Games. Again, Sarah. We got popcorn, soda, and I got a beer! A soda is 2,000 ($2), a large popcorn is 4500 ($4.50) and my beer was only 3,000 won ($3). Pretty good prices.
Back home we probably wouldn’t go to the movies as often. But it is nice to be able to do something here in Korea that feels so normal. 2 hours of English with cultural references we easily understand. It is a nice break every once in a while.
It is unfortunate that some films I am interested in haven’t and probably won’t make it over here. But there are some big hollywood movies coming out in 2014 so we will definitely be seeing more films here.