Watch movies on Gondala in Venice themed settings at Philippines

Moviegoers in the Philippine capital, tired of ongoing COVID Pandemic restrictions, will soon be enjoying the taste of Venice, bobbing in front of a big screen in gondolas, maintaining social distancing.

Gondoliers dressed in striped uniforms, maneuvers and position each boat in an outdoor canal to watch full-length movies, presenting a rare chance to visit the cinema after almost nine months of lockdown.

Patron Violet Gatchalian at the Venice Grand Canal-themed shopping mall in Manila said that “Riding a boat made it a unique experience,”. “It’s also one of the first cinemas to reopen so we wanted to try it.”

Since mid- March cinemas at Philippine cinemas have been closed, when the country’s President Rodrigo Duterte imposed one of the world’s toughest and longest lockdowns. Philippines is Southeast Asia’s hardest-hit country after Indonesia, with more than 456,000 coronavirus infections and 8,875 COVID-19 deaths as per sources.

While the government has started gradually reopening the economy from June, most non-essential businesses still remain shut. The Gondola cinema and a drive-through theatre are the only movie venues in the capital city of Manila.

Gondola moviegoers may sit two to a boat, up to 10 guests per screening, and boats kept meters apart. The float-in cinema aims to lift the spirits of guests and help film industry workers.

Guests could bring their own earphones and listen to the audio broadcast at a radio frequency available only to those aboard the gondolas.

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