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‘Grease’ begins Madrid summer season nights at socially distanced drive-in movie theater


A male using a protective face mask beings in his vehicle ahead of a screening of the movie “Grease” throughout the resuming of the Autocine Madrid Race drive-in movie theater, amidst the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) break out, in Madrid, Spain, May 27,2020 REUTERS/Sergio Perez

May 28, 2020

By Sergio Perez

MADRID (Reuters)– The next finest thing to being in a dark film theatre? A drive-in movie theater in the Spanish capital released its post-lockdown summertime season on Wednesday with a blast of escapism in the type of the 1978 musical “Grease”.

Standard theatres and most other kinds of indoor home entertainment stay closed as Spain, among the world’s hardest-hit nations, slowly raises coronavirus limitations.


However the Autocine Race drive-in, where movie-goers remain securely ensconced in their cars and trucks, has actually got the thumbs-up to resume.

“Drive-in cinemas were tailor made for this kind of virus,” co-founder Cristina Portas informed Reuters.

However, the movie theater has actually decreased capability to 100 cars and trucks and presented social distancing steps.

“We deliver food to your car so you don’t have to get out of your vehicle,” Portas stated.

Drive-in film theatres are seeing a revival in other parts of the world as the leisure market determines how to handle the restrictions of pandemic, turning up for instance in Lithuania, Dubai, the United States and Cannes in France.

At Madrid’s Autocine, introduce high-visibility coats and deal with protectors directed cars and trucks to nicely defined areas, guaranteeing safe distancing.


As the sun set over the city, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John danced throughout the cinema, with 2 1950’s cars and trucks on display screen below it, carrying viewers back to the American high-school life of that duration, far from issues of the pandemic.

A white-masked movie-goer who offered her name just as Belen, discussed the appeal from the guest seat.

“It’s a very safe form of entertainment for the situation we are living through … It’s a lot of fun and they show great movies.”

(Reporting by Sergio Perez; Composing by Nathan Allen; Modifying by Andrei Khalip and Frances Kerry)

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