Movies by the bay

Watch the sunset then movie later? 

SM brings its drive-in cinema to the Mall of Asia concert grounds, letting movie-goers watch a movie safely in their vehicles. 
Following its successful launch in Pampanga, SM finally brings the drive-in cinema experience to Metro Manila at SM Mall of Asia concert grounds. 

At the opening on September 9, MOA’s drive-in theater screened the Korean horror film Train 2 Busan: Peninsula, delighting guests which included members of the diplomatic corps, government officials, and members of the media. 

“In this new normal, and in consideration of the current health situation, I congratulate SM for finding opportunities to keep cinema alive as an industry, an art, a form of entertainment,” enthused Martin Macalintal of the Embassy of France. “Drive-in movies bring together the lifestyle of the good old days and the technology of tomorrow.”

Tomoko Nakamura of Japan Foundation Manila went to the drive-in theater for the first time and “totally enjoyed it.” She was likewise impressed with “SM Cinema’s dedication to security and safety. There was a lot of staff to make the operation smooth before/during/after the screening. It was indeed a safe and fun entertainment.”

Rollie de la Cruz of the Australian Embassy, meanwhile, described it as “a one-of-a-kind experience. It was completely different and exciting, and it felt good to watch a movie again with friends but in a safe way because you’re in a car and far away from other people.”

Florabel “Pong” Aureus of the US Embassy expressed her “huge congratulations to SM Cinema for allowing us to experience a whole new level of entertainment. It is something to look forward to and I would encourage everyone to check it out.”

French Embassy Cultural Attache Martin Macalintal ready to watch the movie with his popcorn
The SM Cinema Drive-in is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Entry to the theater starts at 5:00 p.m., Only one movie will be screened per day, which starts at 6:45 p.m., on a 20-meter by 8.5-meter outdoor screen raised four meters above the ground. 

To ensure guests have an optimal viewing experience, the cinema uses a dual projector for sharper and crisp images.

Much like in Pampanga, only two persons are allowed per vehicle with a maximum of four persons. Once parked, guests will be instructed to turn on their car’s FM radio to a specific frequency to broadcast the sound straight into their vehicles. Guests are also welcome to bring their own radio and other devices with FM capabilities. 

All tickets must be purchased online ( in advance. The P400-per-person ticket includes a Snack Time bundle consisting of bottled water, regular-sized popcorn, and beef franks.

Topics: SM Mall of Asia , Martin Macalintal , SM Cinema , drive-in theater , Rollie de la Cruz
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