Denizens of the capital city have been asking for a drive-in cinema for ages. And now it seems that wish may just become a reality. All it took was a pandemic and social distancing SOPs to finally make it happen, in Islamabad.
Despite the Minister of Planning Asad Umar’s announcement that movie theaters were permitted to open for business from August 10th, many cinema houses kept their doors closed. Given the threat of coronavirus the world over, it wasn’t too hard to determine there were no new releases coming out. This, in turn, did not warrant the opening of theaters in this economy.
Given the complex ground realities, what is an entertainment-starved populace to do? Demand a drive-in cinema? Apparently, that’s exactly what happened.
Drive-in cinema in Islamabad
Recently, one Islamabad-based Twitter user made a request to the District Commissioner (DC) Islamabad Hamza Shafqaat himself.
Here’s what he tweeted:
Sir given we have Covid-19 on the rise and there can’t be any big gathering in the city, how about DC office plan a car theatre every weekend in F9 until things are back to normal. Food vendors can put stalls and serve in car. Could be brilliant activity in Covid. @hamzashafqaat pic.twitter.com/bH1MgQ6xKy— Faizan Khan (@Faizankhaan91) November 24, 2020
Turns out DC Islamabad, Hamza Shafqaat was thinking the same thing. In fact, DC Office has a drive-in cinema planned for next month.
Of course, the citizens of Islamabad love the idea. Here is how people feel about the idea:
There were even suggestions about the location.