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The Philippines now has its first drive-in cinema

The first drive-in cinema in the Philippines has finally opened as a way to adapt to the new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amid these trying times for Filipinos in various sectors, innovations need to be done in order to cope up with the situation. One of the sectors affected by the pandemic is the business of cinemas or movie houses.

As of press time, the government has not allowed yet the opening of cinemas which is devastating news for moviegoers as well as those who consider this as their job.

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📷: The Philippine Star

Although movies are now available online through streaming services, some people still enjoys going out of their home to have a different movie experience.

In line with this, SM Cinema offers the first drive-in cinema in the Philippines. This kind of watching movies started to become popular back in the 1910s. However, in the country, Pinoy moviegoers will experience this for the first time.

Based on the article from the Philippine Star, SM aims to provide fun but yet safe movie watching. As of now, this is available at SM City Pampanga Amphitheater. The “Movies at Sundown” will allow moviegoers to watch on the big screen while observing the physical distancing approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

The first drive-in cinema in the country has opened on July 31, Friday and it featured “Train to Busan 2: Peninsula” and “My Spy.”

Traffic marshalls will assist the guests to their assigned parking areas and they can watch the movie on  20m x 8m screen raised three feet above the ground. The audio will come from specific frequency on their car’s FM radio.

Moviegoers can also choose between two schedules – 6:30 p.m. or 8:50 p.m. This will the set up from July 31 to August 2.

A new schedule will be observed for the succeeding weeks. This will be from Thursday to Sundays at 6:45 p.m. and the ticket price is P400 per person and this must be purchased online in advance at

In line with protocol, only guests who are 21 to 59 years old are allowed. For the best viewing experience, two persons can be inside the car. Based on the article, a maximum of four guests can be allowed and they are advised to arrive at the venue 30 minutes before the movie starts.

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