Photographers around the world are embracing drive-in movies as a way to enjoy the thrill of watching movies on the big screen to stay safe during the coronavirus epidemic.
In the United States, supermarket behemoth Walmart is giving movie passengers a unique experience by converting store car parks into drive-in cinema halls.
Film buffs can enjoy a contact-free and socially remote movie experience from their car safety to the big screen viewing.
Walmart has partnered with film production company Tribeca to provide a program of summer flicks, and attendees can order mountains and other essentials for a carbide pickup before the movie starts.
“Since we started the Tribeca Film Festival after 11/11 19 years ago, drive-ins have become a signature program for Tribeca,” said Tribeca boss Jane Rosenthal.
Drive-in movies are “more than just fun, it’s the opposite way to watch movies – it’s the safest way for communities to come together.”
Drive-in movies during the epidemic have proved to be hits around the world.
“Around the world, another amazing change has taken place: the drive-in revival. Presence in South Korea has grown exponentially. In Germany, you can take part in the drive-in rave. In America, there were even drive-in strip clubs, ”Mark C. Scott, a senior lecturer at Victoria University in Screen Media, wrote in The Conversation.
With an intense sense of personal need for social distance, and even more movies across Australia are starting to re-emerge, is it time for the drive-in to shine again? “
For those who prefer the comfort of movie seats over their cars, movie theaters across Australia are now opening their doors again with a few changes.
Movies will implement strict 1.5m social distance procedures and stunned sessions to allow staff to sterilize theaters.
Very few people will be allowed screening with the help of a 20-person session section in most movie theaters.
But before you rush in and spend a small fortune for popcorn and chalk tops, it’s worth checking out exactly what the offer is.
The epidemic has delayed many upcoming feature films, and while still rolling over most Hollywood sets, we are unlikely to get a few new releases in Australian theaters any time soon.