Cinematheque construction beginsThe construction of a massive film culture complex featuring not-for-profit theaters began in central Seoul’s Chungmuro neighborhood, a symbolic place for the nation’s film industry, on Wednesday.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government said it started the construction of the film-themed complex building, named the Cinematheque Seoul Art Cinema, on a former public parking lot in Chungmuro aiming to complete the project by March 2022.
The Cinematheque Seoul, which will house three theaters exclusively designed for the screening of noncommercial cinema, including independent, art and classical films, has been a long-cherished dream for the local film sector since its blueprint was first unveiled five years ago.
The Seoul government said a separate groundbreaking ceremony for the Cinematheque Seoul won’t be held in consideration of the growing society-wide fears of the spread of the novel coronavirus.
According to the government, the 10-floor, 4,800-square-meter (51,667-square-foot) Cinematheque Seoul building will house three noncommercial theaters, a film museum and archives, film media center, cafe and bookstore, among others.
Using the complex building’s facilities, even ordinary people will be able to browse through old films, rent video equipment and produce their own movies, it explained, adding a film production class will also be offered there.
The Cinematheque Seoul project will cost 26.5 billion won, with the land provided by Seoul’s Chung Ward.