Today’s Solutions: October 24, 2021

The drive-in theater: It’s a nostalgic relic of America’s past that we typically only see on screen rather in real life. At least, that was the case last year. In October 2019, there were only 305 drive-in theaters in the US—and hardly any outside America.

But with the pandemic demanding us to avoid crowds in indoor spaces, the drive-in has reemerged as a safer way for people to experience entertainment. And it’s not just America that is seeing a new wave of drive-in theaters popping up.

Across the pond, the UK now has 40 sites offering a drive-in movie experience. Meanwhile, Russia, Germany, and South Korea are seeing drive-in cinemas opening up, and Brazil even transformed a football stadium into a drive-in.

What’s particularly interesting to see is the unique spaces where drive-ins are being opened. In Germany, for instance, there’s a drive-in in front of an old blast furnace plant, providing a spooky industrial ambiance. In Lithuania, an airport—unused due to canceled flights—also became a pop-up drive-in as part of a film festival (see the story from May).

Another fascinating development is the way drive-ins are being subverted in all sorts of ways. For instance, Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen teamed up with a local convention center to run a drive-through museum in a 10,000m2  arena.

“We were confronted with this giant space, but in a car, it’s a similar scale to a human inside a museum space,” said co-curator Francesco Stocchi. “You find all sorts of imaginative solutions, and there were a number of liberating actions I could take that you usually cannot have, like blowing a video up to 11m on a billboard.”

For all the restrictions that come with living during a pandemic, it’s been quite amazing to see the imaginative ways that humans maneuver around these restrictions safely.

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

Algae wrapped in droplets improves efficiency of artificial photosynthesis

In our quest for the most sustainable, most renewable sources of energy, humanity continues to look to nature for inspiration. One of nature’s most efficient energy systems is photosynthesis, which is how plants convert sunlight, ... Read More

Evidence shows Vikings arrived in Americas nearly 500 years before Columbus

Researchers have known for a while that Vikings from Greenland founded the village of L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland around the turn of the millennium, but now, a study published in Nature has finally pinpointed ... Read More

Egypt’s State Council swears-in the nation’s first female judges

Egypt’s State Council was established in 1946 and is an independent judicial body that deals with administrative disputes, disciplinary cases, appeals, reviews draft laws, decisions, and contracts that involve the government or a government-run body. ... Read More

Is group or individual work more productive? Here’s what science says

Are you a group project person or do you prefer to fly solo? We all have our work preferences, but what does science say about teamwork and productivity? A new study conducted by Quartz aims ... Read More

Wildlife filmaker provides a unique insight into the daily lives of bees

You may have seen bees flying around your backyard or local park, but it can be difficult for the naked human eye to grasp the full complexity of the lives of these pollinators. During the ... Read More