Boat-in movie theaters might be the next frontier of socially-distanced cinema

Emerald Pellot
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There’s a new kind of drive-in theater in Fort Lauderdale, and you can thank the outbreak for it.

Instead of driving, patrons at Ballyhoo Media’s screening of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” jet-skied and boated in. The screening took place in front of the old Miami Marine Stadium in Virginia Key.

It featured a massive 60-foot, floating, double-sided LED screen. Visitors gathered around in their watercraft while keeping a safe distance from strangers.

“The concept has become popular all across the world as a fun and safe way for people to enjoy a night out during the Covid-19 pandemic,” a Ballyhoo spokesperson told Miami Herald. “With everyone a little tired of their same old ‘quarantine routine,’ here is a night out with your close friends.”

Footage taken by Jose Salas and shared by Complex on Instagram shows Salas watching the pirate flick from his jet ski. The video racked up over 1 million views. People are definitely interested in the unique summer escape.

“Would love to watch ‘Jaws’ out there,” one person wrote.

“Omg, need to go,” another said.

“I wanna go!” someone added.

Ballyhoo isn’t the only company putting on such events. Time Out reports that Beyond Cinema is holding a Floating Cinema series in Paris, New York, Chicago and other major cities throughout September. You can expect a mix of classics and new releases, but the company hasn’t officially announced any titles just yet.

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