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Germany: Drive-in cinema makes comeback amid coronavirus pandemic02:25

Germany: Drive-in cinema makes comeback amid coronavirus pandemic

Germany, Essen
March 30, 2020 at 08:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

As businesses worldwide struggle to survive the coronavirus pandemic, a drive-in theatre in the city of Essen in North Rhine-Westphalia is seeing a boom as people can still enjoy a movie without the risk of contracting the disease.

Footage filmed on Sunday shows vehicles standing in line for an evening film, with staff members scanning tickets through closed car windows, which allows them to follow social distancing rules.

"We've got a special license as we can fulfill the requirements of the coronavirus restrictions," manager Frank Peciak said.

"We have contactless payments at the counters, customers have to buy tickets online and they are scanned through closed windows. Our snack bar has to be closed unfortunately and furthermore, viewers are staying in their cars and only leaving it to go to the bathroom and even there we are controlling the distances," he explained.

Peciak went on to say that the customer response has been very positive as it's a nice opportunity for people to go out and enjoy a film while under lockdown. "We hope that we can play a small part in lightening up the atmosphere at least a little bit," he said.

Germany: Drive-in cinema makes comeback amid coronavirus pandemic02:25
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As businesses worldwide struggle to survive the coronavirus pandemic, a drive-in theatre in the city of Essen in North Rhine-Westphalia is seeing a boom as people can still enjoy a movie without the risk of contracting the disease.

Footage filmed on Sunday shows vehicles standing in line for an evening film, with staff members scanning tickets through closed car windows, which allows them to follow social distancing rules.

"We've got a special license as we can fulfill the requirements of the coronavirus restrictions," manager Frank Peciak said.

"We have contactless payments at the counters, customers have to buy tickets online and they are scanned through closed windows. Our snack bar has to be closed unfortunately and furthermore, viewers are staying in their cars and only leaving it to go to the bathroom and even there we are controlling the distances," he explained.

Peciak went on to say that the customer response has been very positive as it's a nice opportunity for people to go out and enjoy a film while under lockdown. "We hope that we can play a small part in lightening up the atmosphere at least a little bit," he said.

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