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People stand next to parked cars at the Moscow's first drive-in movie theatre as the coronavirus lockdown is lifted in Moscow, Russia June 11, 2020. (REUTERS)
People stand next to parked cars at the Moscow's first drive-in movie theatre as the coronavirus lockdown is lifted in Moscow, Russia June 11, 2020. (REUTERS)

With US spy comedy on bill, Moscow drive-in cinema re-opens

  • Karo, a movie chain that is running the 100-vehicle-capacity drive-in site in northwest Moscow, has said it would be exploring how it could open more drive-in theatres even after all coronavirus-related restrictions are lifted.

Russians got a taste of open-air cinema under balmy twilit skies on Thursday when a Moscow drive-in movie theatre re-opened for business after the city's coronavirus lockdown ended.

On the bill was "My Spy", a US action comedy and, with regular cinemas still closed three days after the two-month lockdown was lifted, scores of moviegoers parked up to watch.

"I want to go out in the open air. This is a great opportunity to watch a movie with friends under the sky," said one, who gave his name only as Pavel.

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Olga Zinyakova, president of Karo, the movie chain that is running the 100-vehicle-capacity site in northwest Moscow, said it would be exploring how it could open more drive-in theatres even after all coronavirus-related restrictions are lifted.

Young women watch a movie while sitting on a car at the Moscow's first drive-in movie theatre as the coronavirus lockdown is lifted in Moscow, Russia June 11, 2020.
Young women watch a movie while sitting on a car at the Moscow's first drive-in movie theatre as the coronavirus lockdown is lifted in Moscow, Russia June 11, 2020. (REUTERS)

"We feel that this format has undeservedly been forgotten," she said.

Even if regular movie theatres reopen as planned next month, Karo estimates that revenues across Russia's cinema chains will fall between 35% and 40% this year.

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According to recommendations by the country's consumer health watchdog, theatre audience members will have remain at least 1.5 metres (five feet) apart and employees will have to disinfect cinemas between screenings.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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