With her young son for company, Gemma Kavanagh (pictured) stocked up with popcorn, treats, a pillow and blankets and parked up in Killarney to learn how to train a dragon
THE weekend: two blissful days at the end of a busy week of work and school to fill with leisure and pleasure. A time for family and friends; a time for fun.
However, as of March 2020, the weekend, as we know it, has been hijacked by the Covid-19 crisis and the hallmarks of a typical weekend are, for now, a thing of the past. Social distancing has put a halt to our collective gallop.
Retro Drive-in Movies at the Gleneagle INEC Arena car park offer welcome relief from the coronavirus quarantine. Announced on March 19, the activity is a perfect example of social distancing – as well as a perfect example of the Gleneagle Group’s renowned innovative thinking.
As the tagline of the Wicklow-based company running the event states, ‘Arrive in your car, stay in your car and leave in your car’.
100 vehicles are permitted at each screening, with a 1.5 metre parking separation between all cars. Showing at midday, 3pm, 6pm and 9pm, the films include classics such as Dirty Dancing, Grease and Top Gun as well as family favourites Toy Story 4, The Greatest Showman and Mrs Doubtfire.
I happily skipped out the door this morning with my toddler son to see How to Train Your Dragon, stocked with popcorn, treats, a pillow and blankets. Screened at midday, the movie appeared to have a close to capacity audience.
My pre-purchased ticket, which I bought online, was scanned by a steward out the car window and we were directed where to park. The audio for the movie played through the FM car radio and we had a great view of the screen.
My two and a half-year-old son used the words ‘wow’ and ‘amazing’ multiple times throughout and thankfully, happily lasted the entirety of the 1hr 38 min film.
Growing up, I was a huge fan of the film Grease and always marvelled at the drive-in cinema. I laughed to myself this morning that all it took was a global pandemic to realise my childhood dream of going to a drive-in.
Retro Drive-in Movies at the Gleneagle INEC offers a sprinkling of family fun and date night romance in this Covid-19 climate that needs all the fun and romance we can muster.
© KillarneyToday.com is the 24/7 online news service provided by O’Mahony Media
Advertise to ensure your message reaches more than18,000 readers every day, with over 300,000 viewers every month and over 23,600 followers on Facebook