Brussels, Jul 14 (efe-epa).- Brussels has inaugurated an open-air cinema with the largest LED screen in Europe to help keep residents entertained during the coronavirus pandemic.
The venue has an area of ??336 square meters where customers can watch movies from inside their own vehicles or on foot on a screen 24 meters long and 14 meters high.
The outdoor cinema, dubbed Movie Drive, is located in the Tour & Taxis industrial complex in the Belgian capital and will be showing films in July and August and during the weekends until the end of September.
“We wanted to give a great live experience and that’s why we created the largest LED screen in Europe, which is equivalent to a tennis court, 24 meters wide by 14 high,” Mario Iacampo, spokesperson for the project, told Efe on Tuesday.
“Which ensures you have an excellent view no matter where you are.”
The open-air site has a capacity of between 12,000 and 15,000 cars and around 5,000 pedestrians during the summer months.
In addition to the size of its screen, another of the project’s attractions is its location within the city limits and 10 minutes from the nearest metro stop.
It will be screening a number of titles to cover a wide spectrum from family cinema to horror films.
“We start with familiar things, like The Lion King and in a few weeks we will start with horror sessions at one in the morning,” Iacampo said.
“The intention is to project things of all kinds but including popular titles like Bohemian Rapsody and Rocket Man.”
In the first few days of opening there has been an “excellent” response from residents in Brussels, he added.
He continued that there has been “a lot of movement and dancing” during musical productions and only around a dozen incidents of customers’ car batteries going flat.
If that does happen, the organization has an emergency connection so that vehicle batteries can be recharged during the movie.
To ensure the audience’s safety during the pandemic there is a minimum distance between vehicles and people sitting outside. EFE-EPA