Aviation

International airport turns into a drive-in movie theatre

While international travel has been decimated due to the COVID-19 pandemic and many movie theatres currently closed, one airport is putting its empty spaces to good use.

Vilnius International Airport in Lithuania has set up a drive-in cinema in an apron area where planes are usually parked, unloaded, refuelled, and boarded.

It’s all part of the ‘Aerocinema – The Journey Begins’ project, which will run until the end of May as part of the Vilnius International Film Festival.

Up to 200 cars are able to fit into the screening area at once to watch a movie, with a maximum of two people per vehicle.

The project’s organisers have also made sure that everyone will be able to see every detail of each film, thanks to the largest screen in the Baltic states, which is roughly the size of a five-storey building.

The sound system, on the other hand, has been traded in for car radios, just like traditional drive-in theatres.

Dainius Čiuplys, head of Vilnius International Airport, said: “Implementing this project was a pleasant challenge for us – we had to remake the airport apron, which is a restricted area, into a space open to film lovers.

“It is a nice opportunity to be a part of the whole process and, at the same time, to show that airports perfectly combine aviation activities with events and projects of various formats.

“I believe that after the drive-in cinema events, there will be even more lovers not only of good cinema, but also of aviation.”

The festival’s general director, Algirdas Ramaška, said the Aerocinema will offer a new type of travel – through an open-air silver screen.

“We want to create a unique experience. Going out onto an airport apron, which is usually only possible to access after check-in, is an exciting experience,” he said.

“I think these screenings will leave an impression on audiences that will last a lifetime.”



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