Han Jae-hyun (Yoo Ji-tae) and Yoon Ji-soo (Lee Bo-young) both separately come to this cinema —seen as ‘The Soul Cinema’— in episode 5 of When My Love Blooms/The Most Beautiful Moment in Life (화양연화 – 삶이 꽃이 되는 순간) (tvN, 2020) to watch a Leslie Cheung (张国荣/장국영) movie — presumably Days of Being Wild (阿飛正傳, 1991), which Ji-soo and Jae-hyun had watched at the cinema on a rainy day in 1994.
Dok Ko-jin (Cha Seung-won) reserves a VIP room at this cinema for a date with Goo Ae-jung (Gong Hyo-jin) at the end of episode 5 of The Greatest Love/Best Love (최고의 사랑) (MBC, 2011). She is about to go but backs out at the last minute and calls him from outside the cinema at the beginning of episode 6 to tell him that she cannot pursue their love story. He comes running and stops her from leaving.
The Seoul Cinema [서울극장], established in 1979 by the Hapdong Film Company (with just 1 screen), continued to function as a cinema for 42 years with 11 screens across 8 floors, up till August 2021.
The building is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Gwansu [Gwansu-dong/관수동] in the Jongno District [Jongno-gu/종로구].
13 Donhwamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 종로구 돈화문로 13
Geolocation: 37.569688, 126.991653
Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station [종로3가역], Seoul Subway Line 1/3/5, Exit 14
(3 min. walk)
— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL
— Photos taken by © Mich KDL, September 2016; January 2020