> Popcorn, palm trees and face masks: Cannes rolls out drive in cinema
Popcorn, palm trees and face masks: Cannes rolls out drive in cinema
1 min read.Updated: 22 May 2020, 03:15 PM IST
With cinemas, theatres and restaurants still closed as France cautiously unwinds its coronavirus lockdown, people watched a movie at The Riviera resort of Cannes.
The 51 vehicles allowed to the screening were parked in every other space and staff wearing face-shields scanned bar codes on tickets.
The Riviera resort of Cannes should have been playing host to the world's biggest names in film. Instead, with its annual film festival postponed and the red carpet rolled up, locals made do with a drive-in cinema in a beachfront car park.
As dusk fell, the audience settled down in their convertible sports cars and family run-arounds, popcorn on the dashboard and children hanging out the windows, to watch Steven Spielberg's 1980s Classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
With cinemas, theatres and restaurants still closed as France cautiously unwinds its coronavirus lockdown, people were content to watch a movie outdoors on a balmy evening on the Mediterranean coast.
It is not the first time the festival has been postponed. Its inaugural event in 1939 was cut short after the opening screening of the "Hunchback of Notre Dame" because of Germany's invasion of Poland the next day.
It was also interrupted in May 1968 as a student revolt and labour protests swept across France.
Cannes mayor David Lisnard said it was the town's way of paying hommage to cinema, and to show that "we miss the movies."