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Three theaters with free movie screenings

Feeling thrifty? Watch films for free at these three theaters

By Hye Won Kim

Who said you had to spend money for a good time? Put those wons back in your wallet and enjoy both classic and off-the-beaten-path films at these three theaters: You’ll see stage-inspired movies at the Myeongdong Theater and retrospectives at the Doosan Art Center. Last but not least, the Korean Film Archive has an extensive collection of Korean film, from black and white talkies to modern indie flicks.

1. Cinematheque KOFA, Korean Film Archive

Movie theaters Sangam-dong

Cinematheque KOFA at the Korean Film Archive screens films ranging from Korean classics to Korean and foreign arthouse and independent films for free. Most screenings are open to public but the special and featured programs are aplenty too. Make your reservations on their website or get tickets on-site.

2. Doosan Humanities Theater, Doosan Art Center

Theater Jongno-gu

Doosan Art Center runs the Doosan Humanities Theater from March till June. The theater features a series of film screenings, guest lectures on social sciences and humanities, performances, and exhibitions. This year's theme is "exception," and three relevant films will be screened on June 1st, 22nd, and 28th respectively. A Q&A with the director follows each screening. Reservations can be made online.


3. Myeongdong Cinema, Myeongdong Art Theater

Theater Myeong-dong

Myeongdong Art Theater, usually used for theater productions, is now showing films as well. With the seating arrangements as they are, watching a movie feels like a night out at a classic theater. The films are usually remakes of the play being staged that month. However, screenings are irregular, so be sure to check their website for more information. Reservations are made online.


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