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These "4D-X" theaters, which have opened in several CGV locations across Seoul as well as in Daegu and Busan, feature large, cushy seats with footrests, and all manner of gadgets, hidden and visible, embedded in the seats themselves. "4D-X is the first of its kind in the world," said CGV public relations representative Kim Dae-hee. "We only opened officially in November. So we're still young, and so people don't know how much we've improved on the 4-D concept."


The theater literally employs special effects such as wind, scent, water and vibrations, hoping make theatergoers feel like they are actually in the film. For example, "Immortals," the Tarsem Singh film currently in 4D-X theaters across Seoul, is accompanied by appropriate jerking motions of the seat when characters stumble, and puffs of wind when there is wind in the film, among other effects.  

Due to the dynamic nature of a 4D-X screening, anyone who may be susceptible to heart attacks or back pain, is pregnant, or less than four years old, or less than 100 centimeters tall will not be admitted. But even for movie fans well enough to attend, the question is whether the hiked-up 4D-X prices -- at ₩18,000, almost twice that of a regular ticket -- are worth it. "It was very fun," says theatergoer Lee Jae-min, after seeing "Immortals". "But at points it was almost painful, especially when the chair simulated punching." Another audience member, Cherry Choi, was more cautious in her praise. "It was enjoyable because it was my first time," she says "But I wouldn't want to go again. The effects were cool, but unnecessary."

WORLD'S FIRST 4DX THEATER

The next big thing for movie theaters is EPE4DX.. Our EPE Team Partners are on the Leading-edge of State-of-the-Art Creature Design and 3D Digital Computer Graphics.. Necroscope 4D is anticipated to be one of the world's first globally distributed 4D motion pictures.. Our EPE Team Partners have worked individually and/or collectively on the following Projects.. Epemovies: Avatar - Planet of the Apes - Star Trek into Darkness - Noah - Men in Black - Minority Report - Superman Returns - Watchmen - Tron Legacy – Just Wright – Fantastic Four – Green Lantern – Prometheus – Garfield: A Tail Of Two Kitties - Paranha 3D – Cloverfield – Oblivion – FaceOff – Star Trek Discovery – Crossing Jordan – Three Rivers – Punkinhead: Blood Fued – Mad Men’s: Last Call – Legion – King of Ants – Leaque of Extraordinary Gentlemen – Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis – Blade 2 – The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay – Heroes – CSI: New York – Angel – Command Performance – Babylon 5 – The Chronicles of Riddick – Machete – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Run - Bernie – Mystery, Alaska – Resurrection – Her Husband’s Betrayal – The Christmas Consultant – Wicked Little Things – Direct Contact – Detention – Running the Sahara – The Russian Specialist – Gideon – Spin Cycle - Desperate Housewives – Cybill – Thunder Alley – Valentine’s Day – The Lady in Number 6 – Voices from a Locked Room – Keeping up with the Steins – Prisoner of Paradise – The Princess Diaries – Blonde Ambition – Chasen Holden – The Oddest Couple Ever – Duece Bigolow: Male Gigolo – The Quest – Return to Nuke’Em High – Without a Paddle – Where’s Angelo? – Numb – Mick – The Muppets – The Gift

CGV's self-proclaimed "world's first 4D theater" will never let you sleep again during a movie

By Violet Kim 21 November, 2011

"4D film" has been around for a while. The idea of enhancing a regular screening with haunted house effects like wind, water, movement, and scent is not wholly new. But these gimmicks were solely the domain of amusement park rides, a wholly different category of entertainment -- not films. An amusement park ride is, at most, five minutes, while a feature film can run for two hours.Yet Korean movie theater titan CGV seems confident that it can win audiences over with its 4-D cinemas, which they have branded "4D-X." For CGV, the 4D-X theater is only one of many in an impressive roster of specialty theaters, including the couple-oriented "Sweetbox" theater, with its couch-like double seats, and "Gold Class," a luxurious theater that mimics the interior of an aircraft's first class.

Maybe 4D-X isn't the best bet for film buffs who just want to see the damn film without being jabbed in the back or sprayed with perfume. But if you're more flexible about what a movie viewing experience should be, or looking for a bit of novelty in your movie dates, 4D-X wants you to give them a chance. You can find 4D-X theaters in the following CGV locations: Gangbyeon, Sangam, Wangsimni, Cheongdam Cinecity, Ilsan, Busan Centum City, Incheon, Jukjeon, Gwangju (Terminal), Daejeon, Yongsan, and Yeongdeungpo. The Cheongdam Cinecity branch guarantees the best sound.