How much will it cost to watch a movie during COVID-19 pandemic?

by Nikko Tuazon
Sep 11, 2020
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"Movies By The Bay" opens on Wednesday, September 9, at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds in Pasay City.
PHOTO/S: SM Cinema on Facebook

Drive-in cinema is now the new normal when it comes to watching movies on the big screen.

SM Cinema has brought this movie experience in Metro Manila via "Movies By The Bay" at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds in Pasay City.

At the event's launch on Tuesday, September 8, Ruby Ann Reyes, the company's vice president for Corporate Marketing, told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) the first run of drive-in cinema took place in Pampanga last August.

She said, "A lot of people actually want to have it there, kaya lang we thought of transferring it to Metro Manila so residents can get the best cinema experience.

"Filipinos right now are really wanting to go out e. But still we have to adapt to the new norms.

"We want to innovate but give them a safe and fun way of watching back to the big screen.

"The best way is to watch outdoors, under the stars, in the comfort of your own cars."

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There are also plans to bring this movie experience to other parts of the country, including Cebu and other areas of Luzon, once the modified general community quarantine [MGCQ] is put in place.

Reyes said, "Once it's MGCQ and there's a suitable area or a parking as big as this where you can accommodate about a hundred cars and then the screen, we can actually do it as well."

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"Movies by the Bay" officially started on September 9, 2020, at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds Block 16.

But before going there to watch a movie, here's everything you need to know.

1. Tickets are booked in advance online via smtickets.com.

2. Tickets are priced at PHP400 per person. It comes with Snack Time bundle consisting of bottled water, regular-sized popcorn, and beef franks.

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3. A minimum of two and a maximum of four persons per car is allowed. Only enclosed vehicles are allowed. Cars are arranged on the parking lot depending on their size. Traffic marshals will direct the guests on their designated spots.

Reyes told PEP.ph, "The sedans are actually on the first two rows. The SUVs are at the back to make sure that everyone has a good viewing experience."

4. Gates are open at 5:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes before the movie starts at 6:45 p.m. The venue can accommodate 106 vehicles per screening.

5. Only 21 to 59 years old patrons are allowed in the drive-in cinema in accordance with protocols set by the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). Cars are disinfected and body temperatures are checked before you can enter the parking area.

Viewers will also be asked to stay inside their vehicles all throughout the duration of the movie and are encouraged to wear their masks and practice social distancing.

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6. The screen's size is 20 meters by 8.5 meters. It's elevated by four meters above the ground.

7. Upon entry, a radio frequency will be provided upon entry which will broadcast the sound of the movie straight to your car.

8. A mobile number will also be provided for those who want to order more food from the food concessionaire available on-site. The menu will also be provided upon entry and guests may order their food through the contact number provided.

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9. The drive-in will be open from Wednesday to Sunday. Only one screening schedule is available every day. The opening film is Train 2 Busan: Peninsula, the sequel of the hit movie Train To Busan.

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"Movies By The Bay" opens on Wednesday, September 9, at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds in Pasay City.
PHOTO/S: SM Cinema on Facebook
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