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The drive in is back: Cancun residents enjoy the movies despite Covid

Cancun, Q.R. — A field full of Cancun residents enjoyed a night at the movies drive-in style with the reopening of the city’s outdoor big screen.

With the appropriate sanitary measures and the goal of reactivating entertainment in a safe way, a group of local businessmen inaugurated the Great Cancun Drive-In. The parking lot for the Gran Autocinema Cancún hosted more than 70 vehicles who arrived to watch the cinema’s first classic of the year, Grease from 1978.

The drive in, which is located at Colegio Leonardo Da Vinci, saw people arrive and unload lawn chairs, blankets and awnings to prepare for an outdoor night at the movies.

Joel Venegas, one of the project businessmen who brought the screen back to life explained that “five local entrepreneurs got together to make this possible as a form of self-employment after 90 days of confinement. After so much involuntary pressure, the Great Cancun Drive-In is a place where families can have an entertainment option in an open space and with all the security.”

“From the entrance each vehicle is sanitized, temperatures are taken and antiviral gel is distributed to each of the occupants,” Venegas explained adding that “the field is sanitized and fumigated every day at four in the afternoon to avoid flies and ants and there is a separation of 5 meters between each vehicle, in addition, all attendees are asked to wear a mask.”

The drive-in team consists of more than 40 people who receive the guests and ensure they follow sanitary protocols.

“The screen measures 87 square meters and is a professional audio and video production. We will be open from Wednesday to Sunday,” he said adding that “the project is intended to last two months, until August 30, in its first stage.

“Friday and Sunday will be the the first show for children and the second show on Fridays will be horror movies,” he said noting that if it rains, shows will be canceled.