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Because of the Pandemic, Movie Drive-Ins Are In Again—Here’s How You Can Watch

Watch movies under the stars from the comfort of your own car

At the end of July, SM City Pampanga opened a drive-in cinema, showing Train 2 Busan: Peninsula—one of the most anticipated theatrical releases of 2020. This new, old way of watching movies is brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, since movie theatres remain closed. 

If you weren’t able to head up to Pampanga for a screening, don’t worry, because SM Cinema is opening Movies by the Bay tomorrow at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. The drive-in will be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with the maiden films being Peninsula and Unhinged, starring Russell Crowe. 


Here’s how you can watch:

Tickets must be purchased online from in advance. They cost Php 400 and already includes bottled water, regular-sized popcorn, and beef franks. (More food will be available on-site. To see the menu, guests are to scan a QR code and will be given a mobile number to contact for their order.)

Arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled screening. Entry to the drive-in begins at 5 p.m., with the screening starting at 6:45 p.m. 2 persons per vehicle are allowed, with a maximum of 4 persons. Traffic marshals will assist guests and direct them to their designated spot.

Once you are parked, turn on your car’s FM radio to a specific frequency. Wait for the movie to begin, and enjoy!

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In accordance with IATF Guidelines and Safety Protocols, individuals aged 21 to 59 years old will be admitted. Masks are required to be worn and social distancing will also be enforced.