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This is the location of the Hollywood Theater (허리우드 극장), located on the 4th floor of Nakwon Arcade (낙원상가). It’s now mainly used by Seoul Art Cinema (서울아트시네마), and they program independent and art films. For more info, visit http://www.cinematheque.seoul.kr.
I recently watched a movie inside the Starium, which is one the theater inside the CGV Yeong-Deung-Po complex known for the world’s largest screen. The viewing experience was exceptional, except I felt that the auditorium was much too small for the size of the screen. Only the last two rows in the auditorium provide prime location for viewing.
Here’s a summary of the theater’s history. (Translated from an article on www.khan.co.kr)
Hwa Yang Theater (화양극장) opened in 1964 as a single-screen theater with 650 seats. It was a popular venue for Hong Kong films during the 1980s and brought both Leslie Cheung and Joey Wang for the premiere of the 1987 film A CHINESE GHOST STORY (천녀유혼 倩女幽魂). In 1998, the theater was renamed as Dream Cinema (드림시네마). In 2007, the theater nearly faced demolition but was saved as redevelopment plans got canceled. The name then changed to Seo Dae Mun Art Hall (서대문아트홀). In 2010, theater became a popular venue for senior citizens. Ticket price was less than $2 for each person and the theater brought in nearly 300-500 people each day. In 2011, the City of Seoul approved development plans to build a hotel in the place of the theater. On July 11, 2012, the theater ended it’s 48 years as the last remaining single-screen theater in Seoul with its final program — a free screening of THE BICYCLE THIEF.
Here’s a link to a news coverage about the California Theatre.
A wonderful story on efforts to preserve the Rosendale Theatre.
More about the nonprofit organization at:
Here are the updated links to THE HIDDEN LAYERS, a 15-minute documentary about the hidden spaces inside the Million Dollar Theater.
The Hidden Layers Part 1/3
The Hidden Layers Part 2/3
The Hidden Layers Part 3/3
Enjoy and pass it on.
Here is an amazing photo of the Tower Theater from 1951, when it was called the Newsreel Theater.
I want to thank Cinema Treasures for including this video on their site. I am glad Mr. Mitchell’s performance will be seen by future generations of cinema fans.
RIP, Mr. Mitchell.
Million Dollar Theater: The Hidden Layers (2009)
A 15-minute documentary by Haeyong Moon
Hillsman Wright, the executive director of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, invites you into the hidden spaces inside the Million Dollar Theater.
I went to school in Binghamton University from mid to late 1990’s and lived walking distance from the Art Theatre. I remember seeing “Shakespeare in Love”, “Elizabeth”, and “Shine” in that theater. I also remember going up to the projection booth to check out the projectors. I can’t believe it’s been destroyed. It was a small but memorable arthouse for Cinema students at Binghamton. What a loss.