– now read my lips : this is NOT about IMAX 3D which has been covered extensively in my post few days ago –
this is if you want to go back for a SECOND viewing in 2D but still in Digital WITHOUT 3D glasses / goggles,
or if your city / town does NOT have an IMAX Theatre . all the same : enjoy ~

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as of yesterday December 17th, counting down 2 weeks into 2010 – ‘The Year We Make Contact’, there are 2 kinds of human beings on Earth : those that HAVE been to the planet ‘Pandora’ and those who have NOT . although I deeply regret to inform you children that all this is NOT Real but ficticious from the mind of screen-writer, film director AND producer James Cameron, there are several /pleasant/ ways to make this /virtual/ journey while your SamSung Electronics Tango Robot Vacuum Cleaner takes care of your cozy house or intelligent, modern apartment in South Korea .. short of actually taking the space-ship to distant galaxies .

the Southern half of the Korean Penninsula, circa 2009 – centuries after nasty domestic AND horrid foreign rule, where only decades ago the grand-parents have narrowly escaped gruesome modern warfare, and then of parents living-out a series of harsh military dictatorship, where motion pictures were inspected in par with the propaganda machine of Nazi Germany – children AND child-at-heart elders in Techno-Korea today enjoy some of THE most advanced movie-viewing surroundings advanced technology can offer . I mean this in ALL sense of the word : from how the movies are made to how they are shown on-screen WITH stomach-whomping sound effects .. and all this preceived by the mind AND body in an incredible spacious, comfortable seat . and you gotta try it to believe it //

ofcourse this post will be edited and more information add on as most of my BLogs are, and even though I type /almost/ fast as in par with the Speed of Light, or so I /would/ like to believe 😉 all this takes precious TIME away from my life in the Real World, thus here I will start by mentioning Special Halls AND/OR Seatings available at CGV Theatres in South Korea for an extra-ordinary movie viewing . this is because while Lotte, MegaBox AND even newer independent movie theatres in dedicated buildings offer their own version of some of the visual AND/OR audio enhancements AND/OR premium seats mentioned below, CGV is considered more trendy because it has a ooh~ la~ la~ Europeen touch, the kind that offers Prada AND BMW .

this is a large departure from the days when a movie theatre had only ONE hall showing ONE single movie at a time, like in a small town . this only changed with the first of Korean multi-plex opening in belated 1997 in Techno-Mart on the East-end of Seoul, introduced in my ‘Electronics Buildings and Market / Districts in Seoul’ Page . the time over a decade ago coincides wit’h Korean start-up dot.com’s popping up to grab every Won of the spurging internet deal AND /also/ belated cable-TV slowly forming a new kind of “couch” shopping that would eventually full-fledge into the mass on-line shopping enjoyed today .

here movie theatre viewing halls are largely divided into 2 categories : movie theatres offering much enhanced video AND/OR sound, then there those which has much comfortable SEATS as well as viewing halls for special occasions .

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 [ Enhanced Video / Audio ]

IMAX CGV Theatres
whose price variations AND precise location PLUS seating layout is covered extensively on my individual IMAX movie preview AND reviews ! remember geographical location-wise : I /always/ start from West and go East clock-wise .

– IMAX ilSan
– in the Capital of Seoul : IMAX YongSan, IMAX WangShibRi / WangShipRi
– IMAX GwangJu / KwangJu
– IMAX DaeGu / TaeGu

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Starium
is a special digital-enhanced halls tuned for larger screens AND 11.1 Channel Surround-Sound
– available in YongDeungPo CGV, inCheon CGV, Centum City CGV in Busan / Pusan .

$ normal and 2D : W13,000 Student under 18 W10,000
(Matinee adult / student W8000)
$ 3D movies : W14,000 Student W11,000
(Matinee adult / student W9000)

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[ Special Seats ]

Euro Class
this is your movie theatre version of flying First Class on airlines .
you even have special waiting lounges with complimentary drinks,
only to enter a luxurious hall full of wide royal seats .
– facility only available  CGV GwanGyo / KwanKyo in inCheon

$ weekday : W12,000 (matinees W10,000 student under 18 W10,000)
$ weekend : W15,000 (matinees W12,000 student under 18 W12,000)

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Sweet Box
 OK in a crowded land-mass there ain’t many hill-tops overlooking a great scenery where you can call Lovers’ Lane -_-
so it is in these selective halls where the two of you can snuggle in seats WITHOUT dividing arm-rests 😉
um .. if you decide to go further later on, there are Karaoke Rooms, DVD Rooms and all-you-can imagine Rooms poping up to make money without getting down-right into illegal territory .

– and yes only the posh land of import sports cars in ApGuJong CGV has separate dedicated halls,
– while WangShibRi / WangShipRi AND SuWon CGV has seats embeded into the last rows in normal halls //

Sweet Box normal prices : / student under 18
Monday ~ Thursday W7000 / W6500 (Matinee W4000)
Friday, Sunday and Holiday W8000 / W6500 (Matinee W4000)

Sweet Box 2D prices : /student under 18
Monday ~ Thursday W12,000 / W10,000 (Mantinee W10,000)
Friday, Sunday and Holiday W15,000 / W12,000 (Matinee W12,000)

Sweet Box 3D prices : / student under 18
Monday ~ Thursday W15,000 / W12,000 (Matinee W10,000)
Friday, Sunday and Holiday W18,000 !!!/ W14,000 (Matinee W12,000)

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only_img_goldclass01_20090719222616Gold Class
rentals halls containing 30 viewing seats for special occasions .
– in Seoul : YongDeungPo, ShinDoRim, SangAm, YongSan, WangShibRi / WangShipRi
– CheunCheon / ChoonChun CGV

$ adults W30,000 and students under 18 W25,000

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VibrationSmartPlex AND Vibration Seat Halls
these 2 are minor enhancements more tacky than efficient in viewing movies
and available temporarily in SangAm CGV AND inCheon CGV .

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Cine de Chef
and ONLY if you need to combine lavish (in the sense of haute stature and NOT taste, yet) Europeen cuisine AND movie viewing
only two places CGV movie theatres in ApGuJong AND Centum City in Busan / Pusan . now mostly used for banquet celebrations than individual dating -_-

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[ Dummy’s Guide into enhanced Movie Versions ]
this is how CGV Korea differentiates movies AND theatres currently and may differ from other theatres in Korea as well as other city or country . all of the 5 categories below differ in viewing price, with the most expensive IMAX 3D ticket almost 3 times the most cheapest Normal Matinee (first showing in the morning) . and guess what ? James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ is showing in ALL of the following versions throughout the Korean Penninsula ! (Ouch that hurt so ~ good)

  • Normal – movies originally shot in film,
  • Digital 2D – movies showing from film BUT with digital sound;
  • Digital 3D – crisper digital movies AND sound;
  • IMAX DMR – normal movies enhanced into digital IMAX simulation;
  • IMAX 3D – movies originally shot in IMAX digital thus many times crisper viewing AND sound,

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oh you think you got LOST (Season 6 comin’up in February 2010 !) trying to decide /which/ movie version to see ?
more choices await you in playing the ‘game’ Avatar !

 

[ related LINK ]

2009.12.13 James Cameron’s Avatar IMAX 3D Tickets ShowTimes in Seoul IlSan GwangJu DaeGu Busan ≫LiNK

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– Korea Tech BLog, December 2009 –