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From Drive-In Theatres To Drive-In Drag Shows, The Coronavirus Is Forcing Us To Rethink Entertainment

Let’s face it: Coronavirus fatigue has definitely set in by now. We’re all looking for new ways to pass the time amid a global pandemic, while still remaining safe and responsible. Apparently Netflix and chill just isn’t cutting it any more.

But now is not the time to throw caution to the wind and start going out to bars and restaurants, even if our elected leaders are failing us by encouraging us to do just that.

Instead, grab your quarantine buddies/partners/kids/familia and hit a local drive-in theatre that has instituted Covid-19 measures. From New York to LA and everywhere in between, there are hundreds of drive-in entertainment venues that have popped up amid the pandemic.

Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback thanks to Coronavirus.

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Fueled by the need to socially distance and the collective nostalgia for happier times, the comfort food of show business is providing a much-welcome way to consume live entertainment.

Outdoor drive-in theatres (among other forms of shows) have been popping up all over the U.S. – and world. In the era of Covid-19, many are clamoring for some form of entertainment and the drive-in theatre seems to be filling that need.

Local small business owners who have been forced to shut down operations to comply with Covid-19-related social distancing mandates have been reopening old drive-ins or building make-shift theaters in parking lots and showing old movies to customers to make up for lost income.

A giant drive-in theatre has popped up in the parking lot of a Queens, NY diner.

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New York’s Bel Aire Diner launched its drive-in theatre in May and it continues to sell out every night within minutes.

“The first time we put tickets up, which was for The Sandlot, tickets sold out in three minutes and there was over 500 attempts in those three minutes to buy tickets online,” Dellaportas told CNN Business on Friday.

Dellaportas said the Bel-Aire drive-in has become so popular, it’s allowed him to re-hire staff members he furloughed in March after government officials enacted shelter-in-place orders that decimated foot traffic at restaurants throughout New York City.

“Yesterday’s show sold out in under a minute, it was 815 spots,” he added.

In Miami, Carflix Cinemas sees shows sell out in minutes.

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Carflix Cinemas, which has its own 36 foot LED movie screen, partnered with an indoor amusement park to set up the massive drive-in theatre in the parking lot.

“As soon as the whole pandemic news started, we started trying to figure out what the future holds for us,” Bernal told CNN Business on Friday. “As we saw business declining, we started coming up with more ideas to generate revenue. This was one of the ideas presented by our staff, so we pursued it.”

The theatre is showing the original Jurassic Park and Sonic The Hedgehog to sold out crowds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The parking lot they use fits 175 cars and customers desperate to get out of the house are buying up $30 tickets within hours of going on sale.

Meanwhile, in Mexico City, tickets to the Coyote AutoCinema are being resold for double their original cost.

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Mexico City has long been home to the AutoCinema Coyote – it’s a perfect date spot perfectly modeled after 1950s Americana kitsch. Like it legit serves up hamburgers, hotdogs, milkshakes and curly fries. But it too had to shutdown thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, it reopened on June 3rd with special social-distancing measures in place. If you leave your car for any reason, you must wear a mask and capacity is limited to just 30%.

Also in Mexico, an Acapulco hotel announced that it would soon be home to the country’s largest drive-in theatre – with capacity for 300 cars. They’ll be hosting nightly events and will also screen a local film festival in the coming weeks.

And it’s not just movies – drag shows are also going drive-in.

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Fierce favorites from RuPaul’s Drag Race, including Yvie Oddly, Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Acid Betty, Gigi Goode, Monet X’ Change, Kameron Michaels, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Plastique, Vanessa Vanjie and Violet Chachki—will be performing an outdoor summer concert called “Drive ‘N Drag.”

In cities from New York and LA to Chicago and Seattle, RuPaul’s Drag Race is bringing socially-distanced drag to the masses.

Apart from RuPaul alum, several drag communities are hosting their own drive-in drag shows: there’s “Drive-In Drag Show And Dinner Theatre” across the West Coast and “Drag Drive-In” in Nashville.

Even if they’re popular right now, don’t plan on drive-in shows to stick around for too long.

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Although the drive-in seems to have made a come back and it’s proving successful, many owners say they’re not turning much of a profit. Operating a drive-in is expensive: permits, movie licensing, staffing. Therefore, many operators say they don’t see drive-ins being a long-term viable option, mainly because the Hollywood studios don’t care for them.

MLS Players Test Positive As Teams Travel To Florida To Start Tournament

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MLS Players Test Positive As Teams Travel To Florida To Start Tournament

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The numbers are startling. The number of COVID-19 infections in the U.S. is skyrocketing and breaking records for the number of infections almost daily. One of the hardest-hit states in Florida and the MLS is determined to bring their season back using Florida as their meeting ground.

MLS athletes and staff members are testing positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Florida.

Major League Soccer is one of the first sports to attempt to restart its season. Fans were excited about the decision to restart the sport and MLS officials set their sights on the Walt Disney World Resort. Teams were flown down to Orlando to create a bubble to restart the sport as safely as possible.

Florida is experiencing one of the most severe spikes in cases in the country and the MLS is not immune to the spread.

Florida recently reported more than 10,000 cases July 1, a record for the state, and within 1,000 infections from the nation’s record set in New York. Orange County, which is home to Orlando and Walt Disney World Resort, is facing one of the most devastating outbreaks in the state.

There is a lot of chatter about whether or not is possible for this bubble idea to work.

“So far, most guys have been sticking to their rooms, playing video games, FIFA and 2K. We’ve had the opportunity share meals together, which was nice because I haven’t eaten in a group in a long time,” San Jose defender Tommy Thompson told Tampa Bay Times. “It felt great to be back on the field. When we all got on that bus together and started to train with contact, it felt really good.”

Fans are questioning if this idea is going to work.

Some players have told the press that they do feel safe in the bubble as the teams practice and prepare for the MLS is Back Tournament.

“Everyone is wearing masks, some guys are wearing gloves, and I feel safe 100 percent,” Dallas midfielder Tanner Tessmann told Tampa Bay Times. “They separated us on the buses and on the plane. We are staying one to a room in the hotel. So, I feel really safe. They have good procedures in place, so everything should go smoothly.”

The MLS is Back Tournament is set to begin July 8, considering everything goes according to plan. The rest of the teams are expected to arrive this week with the first game between Inter Miami and Orlando City.

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Man Posts Plea For People To Social Distance After Falling Ill Of COVID-19 And Died The Next Day

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Man Posts Plea For People To Social Distance After Falling Ill Of COVID-19 And Died The Next Day

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The world is still in the midst of a deadly viral pandemic. COVID-19 is not going away on its own and there are things that people can do to slow the spread. One of the most effective tools is wearing a mask followed up by social distancing. One man thought he could ease up and contracted the virus. Here is his warning.

A man known as Tommy Macias died one day after warning people about the dangers of COVID-19.

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Macias died the next day after posting this message on Facebook warning his friends and family about the dangers of COVID-19. According to the man’s post, he attended a party and contracted the virus there. Health experts have warned against gathering with friends and family right now. Parties have become some of the most infectious sites leading to the current outbreaks across the country.

Macias’s Facebook post touches on a point that drives home the importance of wearing face masks. After being exposed, he then exposed his entire family because he ignored health regulations.

The man’s death from COVID-19 has created a fear among his friends.

“Don’t take advantage of the unknown, don’t expect things to be fine. Take this shit seriously,” @flawlessbikerzcordova wrote on Instagram. “I had been diligent about wearing my mask but from time to time loosen up around the crew and friends. Not anymore!”

The U.S. is seeing a spike in cases across several states and cases are increasing in 35 states. The U.S. has seen record infection numbers in recent days and that trend is mirrored in Calfornia where the sudden reopening of the economy led to a runaway outbreak in the state.

Macias is now one of the more than 127,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19.

According to NBC News, the Riverside County Office of Vital Records confirmed that Macias did die from COVID-19. According to Macias’s brother-in-law, Macias was diligent about wearing his mask and following health regulations. However, when California Governor Gavin Newsom signaled rapid reopening within weeks in June, Macias felt safe letting down his guard.

“He was quarantining because he was overweight and had diabetes,” Lopez told NBC News in explaining how careful Macias has been.

Macias’s death is a warning to Americans.

As the quarantining drags on due to reopening reversals, fatigue is setting in with Americans about self-isolation. With a holiday weekend underway, Macias’s message is a warning call to Americans as social distancing is forgotten and people argue over masks.

Health experts continue to stress the importance of wearing face masks when out in public and to stay away from indoor gatherings with friends, like parties. It might be uncomfortable and you might not like it but it is what we need to do to get back this virus.

Please stay safe, smart, and follow health guidelines this 4th of July weekend.

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