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The Daily Planet's Opinion: Drive-in 'everything' era dawns
Monday, 18 May 2020 22:15

The coronavirus pandemic era — at least temporarily — has converted innumerable activities into drive-in adventures.

Even the movie-watching experience is being offered this spring and summer in a parking lot at Brevard Music Center in Brevard, instead of the BMC’s usual — and outstanding — musical and other “live” performance offerings that were canceled because of pandemic concerns.

In addition to movies and meals, the range of drive-in options include shopping (especially at drug stores), a few reported concerts, some church services, medical checkups and, yes, farmers markets.

Even in faraway Iran, drive-in movies, which had been long-banned, have returned with workers spraying disinfectant on cars that line up each night in Tehran — after buying tickets online — and tune into the film’s audio via an FM station on their car radios.

Surely, it will be tremendously interesting to see what, if any of the current popularity (for safety reasons) of the drive-in culture,  will endure into the future, as societies around the world slowly but surely return to some sort of normal — or, as some are hoping, a “new normal.”



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