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[Well-curated] Climbing enters cinemas as movies go outside
Climb at a multiplex, go out for a maskless movie, immerse yourself in historyBy Korea Herald
Published : Jan. 21, 2022 - 09:00
Watching movies at theaters without masks now seems a distant memory due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which still shows no sign of ending. For this reason, you might be more interested in going climbing in your local movie theater than watching a film in it, which is precisely why CJ CGV has turned one of its movie theaters into a climbing venue for health-conscious moviegoers. If you‘re still itching to watch a movie on the big screen, we'd recommend seeking out a drive-in movie theater. If you're looking to spice up your daily routine, perhaps try Getty Image’s Seoul exhibition, which offers viewers the opportunity to see iconic photographs first-hand.
Indoor climbing has begun to ascend in popularity as a perfect beginner-friendly hobby, especially during the winter.
In recognition of this, South Korea’s largest multiplex cinema chain, CJ CGV, has become the latest to venture into the field, having opened its first indoor climbing venue, Peakers, at CGV Piccadilly 1958 movie theater in Jongno, central Seoul. This new venue has been created through an extensive renovation of two of its auditoriums, making full use of the location‘s large footprint and high ceilings.
“In line with people’s desire to improve their health and physical strength amid the pandemic, we decided to convert a theater to a leisure facility for the first time. ... We hope the multiplex area becomes not only a place to watch movies but also to enjoy fresh leisure culture activities,” a CGV official said.
For an opening event, potential users can purchase memberships with a 10 percent discount until Jan. 31. Those who visit the venue before 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday will receive a 3,000 won discount as well.
Peakers opens at 10 a.m. every day and closes at 9 p.m. in line with the government’s toughened social distancing measures. Opening hours may be subject to change depending on COVID-related rules.
Getty Images exhibition in Seoul
A new exhibition, “Moving the World with Images,” at the Hangaram Art Museum in Seocho-gu, southern Seoul, celebrates this legacy in an expansive display of Getty Images’ works, with some 330 works curated under the theme “Connect.”
Many of the images on display will already be familiar to audiences, including the world-famous “New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam.” This photograph, taken in 1932, depicts 11 construction workers enjoying lunch while suspended 260 meters above the New York City streets.
As a visual prologue, the first room of the exhibition, “In the Dark,” sheds light on Getty Images’ digital archival processes, alongside the history of the visual media company.
“Moving the World With Images” will run through March 27 at the Hangaram Art Museum in Seocho-gu, southern Seoul. The museum is closed Mondays.
Jayuro Drive-in Theater
Popcorn and soda aside, various foods are offered to the visitors, including coffee, juice, ade, hot dogs, cup noodles and more. If you want to eat something different, food delivery services are also available.
The theater has three screens almost 10 meters in height, allowing more than 200 cars to enjoy the film.
After purchasing the ticket, your car will be guided to a space, allocated according to model -- passenger cars at the front and larger vehicles further back.
The sound is provided through an FM radio broadcasting service.
“Special Cargo,” “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “The Policeman’s Lineage” are available this week.
Entrance is 25,000 per car. The catch is that there are no reservations, so you might have to get there a couple hours early to secure a spot, as the outdoor theaters have become popular during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More information can be found at the official website of Jayuro Drive-in Theater.
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