This may have simply been the result of the films on offer, rather than any general waning of interest on the part of the local audience.
Nonetheless, there was a sense of Korean cinema coming back to earth after the heady days of 20.
The friendly proprietor, who carries a knowing glint in his eye, takes her picture.
Miss Granny was Korean cinema's first smash hit of 2014, a film that left audiences roaring with laughter.
One should note, however, that it is a devilishly hard film to translate.
Because of South Korea's rapid development, there is a large linguistic and cultural gap between people of Mal-soon's age and younger generations.
Strong-willed and ambitious, she attracts the notice of a much younger twenty-something colleague Hyeon-seung, and after a night of drinking they end up in bed together.
Slightly embarrassed (but secretly a bit thrilled) to have hooked up with such a younger man, she writes it off as a one night stand.
Although that latter number far exceeded anyone's expectations, Miss Granny can be said to have earned its success.