On April 10, Juche 101 (2012), the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un visited the People’s Theatre which was nearing completion. At that time all the people in the country were engaged in a grand construction campaign to celebrate the centenary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung as the greatest national holiday.
For long hours Kim Jong Un looked round several facilities in the theatre, including the 1 500-seat circular auditorium designed to use no microphone and the 500-seat underground auditorium.
The People’s Theatre that fully embodies the requirements of the new century should be presented to the people on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the President, he stressed. He added that General Kim Jong Il who had devoted his all to the good of the people would have been very pleased if he had seen the theatre. He continued to praise the soldiers for having built it as an immaculate temple of culture and art in less than a year. Commenting that the theatre was really fantastic and every section of it was excellent, he gave it ten out of ten.
The accompanying officials were beaming at him. Suddenly, a pleasant smile faded from his face as he was staring at the VIP seats in the centre of the auditorium.
The officials wondered why. These seats had been the top concern of the designers and builders as they were reserved for Kim Jong Un.
Gazing around them, he said that in his lifetime the General had not liked any sort of preferential treatment for himself, adding that in the future, when he was seeing a performance at this theatre, he would sit alongside citizens.
The officials were lost for words as VIP seats had been considered part of an auditorium. Though well aware that he hated any privilege for his sake, they thought that it was an exceptional case.
As if reading their minds, he emphasized that they must have those seats removed.
By clarity of his voice they knew that it was not negotiable. But they felt sorry that they could not prepare a more comfortable seat for Kim Jong Un who was following a tight schedule for the inspection of the army units on the frontline.
Later, when enjoying a performance at the theatre, he sat alongside working people. His seat was No. 28 in the fourth row of the parterre.