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2007/06/17 09:00 KST
(Yonhap Feature) Luxury cinema gains popularity among high-income moviegoers

By Shim Sun-ah
SEOUL, June 17 (Yonhap) -- It is not common to view a film in a posh, spacious cinema while resting on a comfortable French-made, luxury leather sofa with an endtable. It is even less common if a quality five-course meal accompanies the experience.

A new cinema equipped with a luxury restaurant is gaining popularity here among high-income movie-goers, despite its super-high ticket price.
The 30-seat theater named "Cine de Chef" has drawn over 2,000 viewers only a few months after opening in Seoul's posh southern residential area, said Kim Il-jin, a publicity official of CJ CGV, one of the country's thriving multi-screen cinema chains.
When viewers buy a ticket to the theater, located in the basement of the CGV building in Apgujeong-dong, they are first guided to a high-ceilinged Western restaurant with an upscale designer interior. After dining on a five-course meal including the main dish of their choice -- tenderloin, mutton or lobster -- they watch a film in the luxury screening room next door.