Like most non-essential businesses, hundreds of cinemas in the Philippines have been temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For almost four months, Filipinos have not seen a movie in theaters, and it has made everyone miss watching films on the big screen. It can’t be helped, but it seems like going to the flicks will be off-limits for a while… or is it?
Admittedly, even with the COVID-19 pandemic, the thought of going to the cinema still sounds a lot more fun than simply staying at home to watch or stream a movie. This is why cinemas are now looking for alternative ways to meet the demands of people looking to see a movie during the coronavirus era. (Read: Binge 6 Japanese Films For Free in Eigasai Film Festival 2020)
Alas, the long wait will be over! SM City Pampanga has announced that the country will soon have its first drive-in cinema as an alternative way to see movies amid the pandemic. Now, isn’t that worth the news? (Read: Pamilya Ordinaryo, Lola Igna, other indie films to premiere on Netflix)
Movies at Sundown
The Philippines’ FIRST DRIVE-IN CINEMA is finally here!Watch movies at sundown starting July 31, 2020, in SM Pampanga Amphitheater. 🚘Tickets on sale soon!Posted by SM City Pampanga (official) on Wednesday, July 22, 2020
On July 31, SM City Pampanga will launch the country’s first drive-in cinema called “Movies at Sundown.” For its first show, SM Cinema Drive-In will premiere Peninsula, the sequel to the 2016 hit Korean film Train to Busan, at the SM Pampanga Ampitheater from Fridays to Sundays with two different time slots: 5:30 pm and 8:20 pm.
Tickets will only be sold online at SM Tickets and not at the venue. Each ticket costs 400 pesos, inclusive of a Snack Time bundle that consists of bottled water, regular-sized popcorn, and beef franks. (Read: 3 Movie Night Snacks That Can Replace Your Popcorn)
Being the ‘new normal‘ in movie viewing experience, social distancing will be strictly observed at the SM Cinema Drive-in. Only enclosed vehicles will be permitted and only two to four persons will be allowed per vehicle. Motorbikes will also be prohibited.
For more information and other house rules, visit SM City Pampanga’s Facebook page.