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To help people feel normal again, a movie theater in Texas has transformed itself into a drive-in theater, as businesses seek new ways to stay afloat during the coronavirus crisis.

Forbes writes that EVO Entertainment, a Texas-based company, has converted one of its multiplex theaters in Schertz, Texas, into a drive-in.

The theater has been showing past movies like Spider-Man Homecoming and other Sony Pictures films. It can even provide food so that you don't have to bring in already-popped bags of microwave popcorn, which will have cooled by the time you get to the theater.

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In a statement, EVO Entertainment Group CEO Mitchell Roberts said they just want to send out some positive vibes while we're all struggling to make it through each day.

“This is a difficult time for everyone, so we’ve made it our goal to find a way to spread positivity within our community while sharing in the responsibility of social distancing during the crisis,” Roberts says.

“Movies have always been an escape for me, and I wanted to provide that same escape to the communities here during a time filled with uncertainty and stress," he added.

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Forbes says guests can order food from the theater's kitchen through its mobile ordering app, which they created just for this endeavor. The theater doesn't accept cash, so you can forget about whether you have to handle any potentially dirty COVID money. All payments go through the app.

The food is delivered to customers by EVO staff, who are supposed to be wearing nitrile gloves as they bring the goods to your car window.

“The cinema has taken significant measures to ensure the health of its patrons,” EVO says.

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EVO painted the outside wall of its theater with white, high-grain paint to boost visibility. Customers can pick up the movie's audio through the car's radio.

The idea is catching on like wildfire. Every showing of Spider-Man Homecoming has sold out since this started. Indiewire states that the theater opened March 27, and every showtime through April 3 is booked solid.

People can reserve their spot for these free screenings, so Texas residents near this movie theater should get on the horn and make a reservation.


Showtimes start at dusk and are expected to wrap up by 10 p.m., when a curfew for the town is enforced, so no laws are being broken.

This idea seems very retro and classic, and can provide people a little bit of an escape from daily life, even if they have to watch it from their car. If other theater chains can follow suit, we may be in business again.

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