Drive-in cinema by the Bay

    Movie lovers watch from the comfort of their own cars from Wednesday to Sunday, with the scenic Manila Bay as a backdrop.

    Members of the diplomatic corps, government officials, and members of the media recently gathered as SM Cinema brought the drive-in movie experience to Metro Manila in Movies by the Bay at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds Block 16.

    This brings back the attraction of watching movies under the stars, this time while also enjoying the beautiful Manila Bay Sunset and modern Mall of Asia Complex skyline from the comfort of their own cars in the new normal. The opening film was “Train 2 Busan: Peninsula,” the most anticipated horror movie from South Korea.

    Pasay City Mayor Hon. Imelda “EMI” Calixto-Rubiano, with the SM Mall of Asia’s Senior Assistant Vice President for operations Perkins So, SM Cinema VP for Corporate Marketing Ruby Anne Reyes.

    And guests were thrilled to be part of this new way to watch the movies.

    “In this new normal, and in consideration of the current health situation, I congratulate SM for finding opportunities to keep cinema alive as an industry, an art, a form of entertainment,” said Martin Macalintal of the Embassy of France. “Drive in movies bring together the lifestyle of the good old days and the technology of tomorrow.’

    Tomoko Nakamura of Japan Foundation, Manila went to the drive-in theater for the first time and “totally enjoyed it.” She was likewise impressed with “SM Cinema’s dedication to security and safety. There were a lot of staff to make the operation smooth before/during/after the screening. It was indeed a safe and fun entertainment.”

    Florabel “Pong” Aureus, US Embassy Cultural Affairs Specialist and SM Senior VP for Marketing Communications Group Millie Dizon.

    Rollie de la Cruz of the Australian Embassy describes it as “a one-of-a-kind experience. It was completely different and exciting, and it felt good to watch a movie again with friends but in a safe way because you’re in a car and far away from other people.”

    He was also wondering how the audio would work, but felt “like we were in the cinema again, the quality of the sound was amazing.”

    Florabel “Pong” Aureus of the US Embassy expressed her “huge congratulations to SM Cinema for allowing us to experience a whole new level of entertainment. It is something to look forward to and I would encourage everyone to check it out.”

    The SM Cinema Drive-in is open every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

    There is one screening per day. All tickets must be purchased online in advance at