An Airport In Lithuania Is Now A Massive Drive-in Movie Theatre

by Sanjana Shenoy
An Airport In Lithuania Is Now A Massive Drive-in Movie Theatre

With theatres shut down, film production halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, a shift in film-watching experience is slowly taking place. Upcoming films are being released on OTT platforms rather than cinema halls and drive-in movie theatres might soon be revived. Travel and tourism industry has also taken a major hit with both domestic and international air travel halted. So travel and movie-watching experience in theatres are both not in the cards right now. But here’s where the Vilnius International Airport in Lithuania has erected an out of the box idea. This airport in Lithuania has constructed a giant drive-in movie screen on its tarmac. This is usually where airplanes are boarded, fueled or parked. Lithuanian airport perseveres to use its empty space to provide some kind of relief and comfort to the public.

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Massive Drive-in Movie Theatre In Lithuanian Airport

This movie screen erected in the Vilnius International Airport in Lithuania is around five stories high. According to the Lonely Planet, this makeshift drive-in theatre uses local radio frequencies for sound. So even though people will be maintaining social distancing, its still really easy to view and here whatever movie is playing. The screening area can encompass up to 220 cars at a time, with maximum two passengers in each car.

Picture Credits: AFP/Petras Malukas

However this brilliant idea wasn’t a random one, it’s a conscious decision to create a drive-in movie threat on the airport grounds. The drive-in movie theatre is actually part of a project called “Aerocinema – The Journey Begins”. This is part of the Vilnius International Film Festival. While movie theatres remain shut in Lithuania and also in many countries across the globe, the airport provides a unique way to not only make use of its space but to also screen international films for the public.

Picture Credits: AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis

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Airports Can Combine Aviation And Entertainment Activities

Algirdas Ramaška, the general director of the film festival states “Going out onto an airport apron, which is usually only possible to access after check-in, is an exciting experience. I think these screenings will leave an impression on audiences that will last a lifetime”. Dainius Čiuplys, head of Vilnius International Airport added: “We were excited to contribute to a project of this nature while also using this opportunity to demonstrate how airports can perfectly combine aviation activities with events and projects of various formats. I believe that after the drive-in cinema events, Vilnius will have even more movie buffs and aviation lovers too.” Hong Kong Airport Starts Trial With Cleaning Robots, Disinfection Booth To Deal With Coronavirus

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Films that will be screened on the grounds of this Lithuanian airport include “Parasite,” “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” “The Handmaiden,” “Corpus Christi,” “Deerskin,” and more. This is indeed really exciting and this is also the need of the hour. Now while drive in movie theatres might have been looked at as a thing of the past shown in Flintstones, this is undoubtedly a slice of the entertainment scene post coronavirus.