Drive-in and outdoor movie theaters have made a huge comeback during the coronavirus pandemic. Safer alternatives to indoor theaters, outdoor ones allow for appropriate social distancing, and cities around the world are getting creative with the way they make it happen. Earlier this month, the Cinema sur l’Eau (which means “cinema on the water”) opened on the banks of the Seine River in Paris. Visitors were able to watch Gilles Lellouche Le Grand Bain and Victor Mirabel’s A Corona Story from either electric boats or deckchairs.
A similar experience is coming to the United States this fall. A company called Beyond Cinema is launching the floating cinema experience and scheduling events throughout the country, hitting San Diego, Los Angeles, Denver, Auckland, and San Francisco on September 2; Miami, Houston, and St. Louis on September 9; and more dates throughout the month. To see all the scheduled events, check out Beyond Cinema’s schedule of events.
Like in Paris, giant screens showing a mix of new releases and classics will be set up on the waterfront and 12 to 24 electric boats accommodating up to eight spectators will be made available for those who are quick to get tickets.
A version of this article was previously published on July 8, 2020, and was updated on July 22, 2020, with more information.