Technology The new love for the old drive-in cinema

The new love for the old drive-in cinema

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Mthe shutdown now lasts more than two weeks. Hardly anything works. No pub, no cinema, no department store. Everything is closed. Really everything? No. There are three drive-in cinemas in Essen, Cologne and Stuttgart that are defying the crisis. They are open and give ideas, while others like the one in Gravenbruch near Frankfurt or the one in Munich-Aschheim remain closed by order of the authorities.

That was also the case in Essen at first. But operator Frank Peciak fought and received an exceptional permit. The cinema is a welcome change for visitors.

Of course, special rules apply. Tickets can only be ordered online, a maximum of two people can sit in the car or a family with their children up to 14 years. The age rating of the films is strictly observed. Because the snack bar is closed, food should be brought along. Admission is contactless and the ticket is scanned through the window pane. The toilets are open, but only one person is allowed on the site. The staff strictly observe the Corona contact rules, it is said.

There are two performances every evening, admission costs eight euros per person. “Joker” (from 16 years) runs late at night and “Nightlife” (from 12 years) at 9pm. Although the cinema in Essen has space for up to 1000 cars, it is currently hardly possible to get tickets. The same applies to the cinemas in Stuttgart-Kornwestheim and Cologne-Porz. Porz, too, had been closed for a short time because of Corona. During these times, some would certainly have to accept a journey of up to 200 kilometers, just to catch a bit of normalcy again.

Drive-in cinemas are an American invention, how could it be otherwise. The first opened there in 1933. The first in Germany and one of the first in Europe was the cinema in Gravenbruch near Frankfurt, which gave its first screening almost exactly 60 years ago, on March 31, 1960. It was “The King and I” with Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner, the entry cost DM 2.75.

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