Islamabad is Getting a Drive-In Cinema Soon!

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 F-9 until things are back to normal. Food vendors can put stalls and serve in cars. Could be a brilliant activity in COVID.”

Turns out DC Islamabad, Hamza Shafqaat was thinking the same thing. In fact, DC Office has a drive-in cinema planned for next month.

“Working on it. We plan to have a car cinema next month. Stay tuned “

Of course, the citizens of Islamabad love the idea. Here is how people feel about the idea:


There were even suggestions about the location.

“You just need to put a screen at gulberg interchange expressway and your car cinema is ready with hundreds of viewers stuck there”.

“You can plan this in saidpur village because we have official parking of 400 cars in saidpur model village” .

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