Drive-in Cinemas Are Popping Up in Metro Manila

Drive-in Manila is looking to open at a location in Makati.

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( Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a heavy toll on all industries: from food production to entertainment. Cinemas, theaters, indoor amusement centers, and outdoor theme parks in Metro Manila have been closed since March, and production companies are forced to adapt and innovate. GMG Productions—the same team that brought Disney's The Lion King, Cats, Matilda, and more to the Philippine stage—is launching "the first-ever independent pop-up drive-in cinema in the country" called Drive-in Manila. They're hoping to open sometime in August and planning to pop up in Circuit Makati and Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.


Drive-in cinemas have been around in the U.S. since 1910, but only gained popularity around the world in the '50s and '60s. Families and couples would drive up to parking lots or vacant areas in their top-down cars, and enjoy a movie projected on a white screen. By the 1980s, the number of drive-ins dwindled especially with the rise of home entertainment. Fast forward to 2020, the drive-in cinema now seems to be the best way to ensure physical distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Drive-In Manila is set to offer a selection of some of the best Filipino and international movies. Tickets will be sold online, and everything will be contactless.

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For updates, follow Drive-in Manila on Facebook or Instagram.

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