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These floating cinemas are the new way to watch a movie during the pandemic

Guests will be able to rent boats that fit up to eight people

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby in “The Great Gatsby.”
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby in “The Great Gatsby.”
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Movie theaters might be still closed due to the coronavirus but something new is coming— floating cinemas. And they are coming to select cities across the US this summer.

What’s going on:

  • To offer a safer alternative way to see a movie in the age of coronavirus, floating cinemas are popping up across the world.
  • Paris, France, is one of the first cities to host one of the floating cinemas “Cinéma sur l’Eau” (Cinema on the Water), according to Travel + Leisure.
  • This weekend, the Seine River will host up to 150 guests in 38 electric boats and another 150 on shore for a screening of “Le Grand Bain,” according to Travel + Leisure.
  • Movie specifics are not released yet. But the theater will likely show “a mix of golden oldies and new releases.” according to New York Post. That includes films like “The Great Gatsby.”

How will it work:

  • Each “cinema” will be made up of 12 to 24 boats, each of which can hold eight people.
  • According to MovieWeb, guests can book an entire boat to ensure groups will be seated with friends and family, and to maintain social distance.
  • Free popcorn will be available to all guests and other movie snacks and drinks will be available to purchase

Where will they be located:

According to MovieWeb, current scheduled US cities include:

  • Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Austin, Texas
  • Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
  • New York

Cities across Canada and Australia will also be hosting floating cinemas.