Dongducheon Munhwa Cinema [동두천 문화극장]

Twenty-Five, Twenty-One (2022); SF8 (2020); When My Love Blooms (2020); Reply 1988 (2015-16)

Na Hee-do (Kim Tae-ri) and Baek Yi-jin (Nam Joo-hyuk) have a cinema date at this theater in episode 15 of Twenty-Five Twenty-One/25 21 (스물다섯 스물하나) (tvN, 2022) and as usual lately, he is 40 minutes too late.

Yi-oh (Choi Sung-eun) and Jo-an (Kim Bo-ra) watch a movie here in ‘Joan’s Galaxy/Astronaut Joan’ (우주인 조안), episode 3 of SF8 (에스 에프 에잇) (MBC, 2020). After it ends, they hang around the lobby to spy on the caretaker, who eventually approaches them and tells them that he’d noticed them watching him for a while.

Yoon Ji-soo (Jeon So-nee) comes here alone to watch Hong Kong actor Leslie Cheung’s (张国荣/장국영) 1991 movie Days of Being Wild (阿飛正傳) in episode 5 of When My Love Blooms/The Most Beautiful Moment in Life (화양연화 – 삶이 꽃이 되는 순간) (tvN, 2020). After the movie, she stands at the entrance waiting for the rain to stop, when Han Jae-hyun (Jin-young of GOT7) comes to look for her, saying that he had been in the theater too. She realised it when she sneezed from the sudden smell of tear gas in the theater, and he said he knew she was there when he heard her sneeze.

Also seen as ‘Samyang Theater‘ in episode 2 of Reply 1988/Answer Me 1988 (응답하라 1988) (tvN, 2015-16).

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Dongducheon Munhwa Cinema [동두천 문화극장] is a functional movie theater with 2 cinema halls with 291 seats that possibly dates back to the 70s or 80s. It is located in Dongducheon’s neighborhood Jungang [Jungang-dong/중앙동].

According to an article by the GyeongGi Cultural Foundation, the theater continues with some old-school practices, such as ‘first-come, first-served’ seat selection and DIY popcorn popping. That said, tickets for movies screening at the theater can also be bought online.

616 Jungang-dong, Dongducheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
경기 동두천시 중앙동 616
Geolocation: 37.908291, 127.055827

Getting here
Dongducheon Jungang Station [동두천중앙역], Seoul Subway Line 1, Exit 2
(9 mins walk)

— submitted by Mich KDL
Twenty-Five, Twenty-One added by Thom Musni

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