South Koreans Enjoy Drive-in Cinema in Seoul

Published March 23rd, 2020 - 06:12 GMT

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 the coronavirus raging across the world.

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

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

"We've had a 10-20 percent 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."

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In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a couple sit in their car as they watch a movie screening at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP

In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a couple sit in their car as they watch a movie screening at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen. Ed JONES / AFP

In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 an usher directs customers and their cars to a movie screen at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP

In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 an usher directs customers and their cars to a movie screen at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen. Ed JONES / AFP

In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a staff member secures newspaper over the headlights of cars prior to a screening at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP

In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a staff member secures newspaper over the headlights of cars prior to a screening at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen. Ed JONES / AFP

In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a screen shows a movie at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP

In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a screen shows a movie at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen. Ed JONES / AFP

In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a couple look at a mobile phone as they sit in a car at a screening at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP

In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a couple look at a mobile phone as they sit in a car at a screening at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen. Ed JONES / AFP

But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP

But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen. Ed JONES / AFP

In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 customers queue in their cars to buy tickets at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP

In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 customers queue in their cars to buy tickets at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen. Ed JONES / AFP

A photo taken on March 21, 2020 shows an aerial view of a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. Ed JONES / AFP

A photo taken on March 21, 2020 shows an aerial view of a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. Ed JONES / AFP

In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a couple sit in their car as they watch a movie screening at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP
In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 an usher directs customers and their cars to a movie screen at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP
In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a staff member secures newspaper over the headlights of cars prior to a screening at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP
In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a screen shows a movie at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP
In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a couple look at a mobile phone as they sit in a car at a screening at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP
But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP
In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 customers queue in their cars to buy tickets at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP
A photo taken on March 21, 2020 shows an aerial view of a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. Ed JONES / AFP
In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a couple sit in their car as they watch a movie screening at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP
In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a couple sit in their car as they watch a movie screening at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen. Ed JONES / AFP
In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 an usher directs customers and their cars to a movie screen at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP
In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 an usher directs customers and their cars to a movie screen at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen. Ed JONES / AFP
In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a staff member secures newspaper over the headlights of cars prior to a screening at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP
In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a staff member secures newspaper over the headlights of cars prior to a screening at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen. Ed JONES / AFP
In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a screen shows a movie at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP
In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a screen shows a movie at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen. Ed JONES / AFP
In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a couple look at a mobile phone as they sit in a car at a screening at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP
In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 a couple look at a mobile phone as they sit in a car at a screening at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen. Ed JONES / AFP
But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP
But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen. Ed JONES / AFP
In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 customers queue in their cars to buy tickets at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen.  Ed JONES / AFP
In a photo taken on March 21, 2020 customers queue in their cars to buy tickets at a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. But at drive-in cinemas, moviegoers can enjoy a movie from the comfort of their cars, parked in front of a large outdoor screen. Ed JONES / AFP
A photo taken on March 21, 2020 shows an aerial view of a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. Ed JONES / AFP
A photo taken on March 21, 2020 shows an aerial view of a drive-through cinema in Seoul. Box office numbers in South Korea -- which has 8,897 confirmed virus cases -- have plummeted in recent weeks due to the epidemic, with authorities urging the public to avoid large crowds. Ed JONES / AFP