S.Korea’s drive-in cinemas booming

  • South Korea
  • Monday, 23 Mar 2020

Seoul: A long queue of cars forms in front of a drive-in cinema in Seoul, as South Koreans look for safer spaces to enjoy a movie without the risk of contracting Covid-19.

Box office numbers in South Korea – which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases – have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with the public urged to avoid large crowds.

But at Park Dong-ju’s drive-in cinema, fans can enjoy a film from the comfort of their cars in front of a large outdoor screen.

“We’ve had a 10%-20% increase in sales for weekdays, and sell out on weekends, ” Park said, adding: “We’re definitely getting many more calls and Internet inquiries after the coronavirus outbreak.”

A website for his cinema shows a banner reading “Open throughout the year”, a stark contrast to some theatres forced close. — AFP

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