ISLAMABAD, Dec 18 (APP): With the closure of indoor movie theaters around the country due to covid-19 pandemic, the sunset industry has made an obvious entry in the Federal Capital as two blockbuster Hollywood movies were screened at the first-ever drive-in cinema, set up in the Fatima Jinnah Park on Friday evening.
Screening of two movies including ‘War for the Planet of Apes’ and ‘Spider-Man Far From Home’ made the moviegoers euphoric, who had no option but to watch movies on small screens, owing to the social-gathering restrictions due to the contagion.
“I was eagerly waiting for the first-ever drive in cinema of Islamabad, and finally I am watching the movie on a big screen from my car,” Sayed Hasnain, a jubilant moviegoer, told APP at the park located at sector F-9 of Islamabad.
He said prior to the coronavirus related restrictions, he never missed any weekend without watching movie at the indoor cinemas, but after the pandemic, there was no such facility available in any city.
He regretted that the situation forced him to watch movie on small screen while staying at home, but now “I felt relieved with the launch drive-in cinema in Islamabad.”
There was big difference between watching a movie on big screen and small one, Husnain said when told him about growing tendency of using Netflix among the youth.
Hareer Irfan, another moviegoer, said such facilities would not only provide risk-free recreation opportunity, but also give push to the sun-set industry in the country
Safest recreational opportunities become indispensable in times of the coronavirus as it had badly affected people’s mental health, the head of psychiatry at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Dr. Rizwan Taj said.
He said the importance of such initiatives in the post-pandemic scenario had doubled as it had disrupted social life of people and had multi-dimensional affects on the society including economic, business, domestic, educations and other.
He mentioned various kinds of the coronavirus mental disorders such as coronavirus induced; phobias, depression, anxiety, obsessional disorder and adjustment disorder.
CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed, who was a major driving force behind the initiative, told APP that the drive-in cinema would provide recreational opportunity to residents of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad under the safest environment.
He said while sitting in their cars people could watch movies on big screen by using car radios for audio. “If this project attracts people, we will set up two or three more such facilities in Islamabad,” he maintained.
The drive-in cinema with a capacity for 200 cars carrying a maximum of three people – is a joint venture of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), telecom operator Jazz, and a private entity Active media.
According to the organizers, the drive-in cinema will be offering two shows daily, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the evening and charge Rs1,000 for each car.