The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work, the way we shop, the way we socialize, and the way we entertain ourselves. As cities and countries around the world begin to lift some of their pandemic restrictions, businesses and governments are looking for ways to “re-open” while still keeping the public safe and preventing new outbreaks. Since movie theatres have been closed for the last several months, drive-in movie theatres have been experiencing somewhat of a renaissance. These seemingly old-school operations allow you to enjoy the theatre experience from the comfort- and safety- of your own vehicle. Paris has gotten even more creative with their social-distancing approach to the cinema and will be hosting a floating movie theatre on the Seine.
The Floating Movie Theatre
The idea is part of an annual event hosted in France’s capital city called Paris Plages, in which temporary beaches are set up along the Seine and the Bassin de la Villette during the summer .
The “Cinéma sur l’Eau”, or cinema on the water, is a collaboration between the cinema chain Mk2 and Häggen-Dazs. The special event will use 38 electric boats that seat four to six people floating in front of a 16 meter by 9-meter screen on the Seine, while another 150 people will be able to watch from deck chairs on land .
The movie that will be showing is “Le Grand Bain”, and is a comedy about a group of men who start a synchronized swimming team. It will start on July 18 at 7:30pm, and there is no cost to admission. Parisians can enter a raffle for free tickets until July 15.
A Socially-Distanced Summer
Social distancing practices will be in effect at the floating movie theater to ensure that only groups of family or friends will be in the same boat. The boats themselves, of course, will be appropriately spaced apart.
France was one of the worst-hit countries in Europe by the coronavirus and has recorded nearly 170 thousand cases and almost 30 thousand deaths since the beginning of March. The number of cases across the country have dropped dramatically since then, and so they are beginning to carefully resume some of their normal activities .
France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, has classified mainland France, including Paris, as a “green zone”, and cafes, restaurants, and schools are all allowed to reopen . With social-distancing measures still in place and mask-wearing mandatory on all public transit, France has shown that it is possible to resume activities while keeping the virus in check.
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