South Korean cinema exhibition giant CJ CGV is to open its third U.S. multiplex cinema. It will be located in the Downtown area of San Francisco and open in early 2020. The company is retrofitting and transforming an existing theater located at 1000 Van Ness Ave., near San Francisco’s Civic Center and Union Square. It will be equipped with Korean-developed cinema technologies, 4DX, which enhances on-screen visuals, with synchronized motion seats and environmental effects such as wind and rain, and ScreenX. A 270-degree, multi-projection system that allows audiences to go beyond the frame of the traditional movie screen. With 14 screens and 2,217 seats, the complex will be the largest of the three operated by CJ-CGV in North America. The oldest in Los Angeles’ Koreatown has three screens. A second, in Buena Park, Orange County, has eight.
Ghoulies shall lurk near the concessions counter at the CGV Cinemas Buena Park 8 during select October hours. CGV Cinemas Buena Park 8 will once again invite a cadre of creepy characters to haunt its lobby, concession counter, and theater-lined hallways over several spooky October nights. Those creepy characters — think zombie types, frightful moaners, and shambling figures — will call upon the movie-loving destination every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night in October. The undead begin their reign after 7 in the evening on those days, so best not show for a matinee if you'd like to experience some of the light mayhem, or at least giggles and stares, that the eerie visitors will bring to the cinematic scene.
The world's fifth-largest cinema group expects overseas revenue to exceed domestic revenue at the end of this year. South Korean exhibitor CJ CGV is aiming to secure 10,000 screens in 11 countries by 2020. CGV will lead a future-oriented cinema market and expand the notion of the cultureplex across the world. "Cultureplex" is the company's name for a comprehensive entertainment destination for not only film but also other forms of entertainment.