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Debatable: Drive-ins Or Movie Theaters?

August 30, 2020

Have you ever watched the movie Back to the Future? If you haven’t, here’s a quick teaser: The main character, Marty McFly, gets transported back to the 1950s when something goes wrong with his scientist friend Doc Brown’s experiment—a car that’s designed to travel back in time. Fun stuff, right? Well, it seems like we’re going back to the future past too! What? Sit tight and let us explain. With shelter-in-place orders and social distancing measures in place, people and businesses have had to get creative with how they go about their daily lives. And while creativity may result in something completely unique and new, being creative may also just mean bringing back something from the past and making it work for today. Two things, in particular, are making a comeback that has us debating which might be better during a pandemic. Which do you think: drive-ins or movie theaters?

Drive-in Theaters

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Drive-in theaters are making a comeback! If you’re unfamiliar with a drive-in theater, it’s basically a movie theater, but you drive into the theater (usually a big parking lot) and watch the movie from your car. Since no one has to get out of the car (concession stands are still closed), it’s almost the perfect solution for getting that movie theater experience while social distancing. Who says drive-in theaters are dying?

Movie Theaters

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While people in the United States deal with COVID-19, many schools and public events have shut down to prevent the spread of the virus. AMC Theatres, a popular movie-theater chain, recently reopened one hundred theaters across the country. Is this safe? AMC insists that thorough cleaning will occur between shows and theater managers will ensure moviegoers wear masks. Plus, seating will be limited so that people have enough space to social distance.

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