Most Creative Use Ever For Airports During Coronavirus

by Shelli

One outing I miss most during this shelter at home time is going out to the movies. You know, the get off the couch, out the front door, head to the cinema, buy the popcorn, big screen event? Looking back, I realize my joy and excitement for big screen events all started with drive-in movies.

During the summer we’d pile into the car, we kids in pajamas, and head to the drive-in. With the family vehicle of choice back in the day, the station wagon, my dad would back into a spot, hook the speaker to the car window, and we’d fade into movieland.

The Story of the Lithuanian Drive-In Cinema

You can imagine my delight then, when I learned about what I consider to be a brilliant use of empty outdoor airport spaces. Turning them into drive-in movies during these no and low travel pandemic times when airplanes are shuttered is such a great idea. Wish they’d do that at my home airport. Right now I can’t make the trip to Vilnius, Lithuania and experience their drive-in movie events!

Continuing throughout May, drive-in movies are being shown at Lithuania’s largest airport. For the first screening 150 cars showed up. Due to coronavirus there are restrictions in place. Still, what a creative way for the international film festival to present its offerings.

Lithuanian drive-in cinema

Image: Vilnius Airport

Now this is what gives meaning to the expression, “the show must go on!” I can see it now. When next year’s academy award nominees are announced I’ll hear someone say, “That was a great film. I saw it at the Lithuanian drive-in cinema at the airport!” What a fun and amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience, too. The international airport is slowly lifting restrictions, so very shortly the airport will convert once again to its main function.

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