Korean theater claims to have world’s largest screen

posted by CSWalczak on December 16, 2009 at 7:50 am

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — According to the Guiness Book, the Starium Theater in western Seoul now has the world’s largest screen, measuring 103 ft. x 42.7 feet. The theater also a vey powerful sound system.

The massive screen, located in CGV’s Starium theater, measures 31.4 meters (103 feet) in width and 13 meters in height, ranking it as the largest one on the globe, according to Guinness World Records.

Previously, the largest movie screen in Korea was at CGV Centum City in Busan, which measures 27 meters in width.

One of the most striking aspects of the Starium theater is its powerful sound system. For the best sound, it uses an 11.2-channel stereoscopic system, which it claims provides uniform distribution of sound in every part of the theater.

Read more in this article in JoongAng Daily which includes a picture.

Theaters in this post

Comments (7)

markp on December 16, 2009 at 8:41 am

WOW!!! Would just love to watch something like “Ben-Hur” or “Doctor Zhivago” in Scope on that screen.

terrywade on December 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Does anyone know if this GIANT screen is curved or flat. I hope they have curtains.

John Fink
John Fink on December 16, 2009 at 12:10 pm

It’s got nothing on AMC Theater’s Digital Imax………

JohnRice on December 16, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Wow! Quite a change in Korean cinema since I was there during my U.S. Army tour of duty 1959-1960. Where I was stationed up in the boondocks the theatre in the local village didn’t even have a screen. They just waited until a fat lady came in and showed the movie on her back. (Oh not really! I heard that joke on an old Jack Benny radio program 55 years ago and have been waiting to repeat it ever since!)

Suwanti on December 17, 2009 at 7:13 am

The screen is too large, I don’t think it is comfortable to watch a movie in this theatre even sit in the back row.

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on December 17, 2009 at 7:42 am

A screen this large requires a pronounced curvature to minimize distortion for viewers seated at the sides of the auditorium. And for any semblance of picture quality the projection should be either 4K digital or preferably 70mm film – but since there are almost no large format prints, that’s a moot point. Unfortunately, 35mm presentations will look fuzzy and lifeless on such a huge screen.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on December 17, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Salt Lake City’s magnificent Villa Theatre HAD a 90 plus foot screen installed for the Cinerama process. Sadly, the huge Villa was converted into a carpet showroom a few years ago.

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