Charles Okpaleke of Play Network, the studio behind the critically acclaimed Living in Bondage: Breaking Free, has just confirmed that drive-in cinemas in Lagos and Abuja are currently under development and will be coming soon.
The film producer made this known via Instagram in a post captioned
“We are about to launch the first ever drive-in cinema in the city of Abuja and Lagos. Watch this space for a few more days” !
The news was received with open arms and praises as the film industry is currently seeing a bad downtime due to the temporary shutdown of cinemas nationwide amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
What Play Drive-in Cinemas will do to the Nollywood Industry
Play Drive-in cinemas will also serve as a way to stiffen the competition with other big cinema houses like FilmOne, Genesis, and Silverbird.
Last year, Mo Abudu opened EbonyLife Cinemas in VI, and with Charles opening two cinemas in both Lagos and Abuja, the right kind of cinema that will thrive in the current state of the nation, all that’s left is to get movies to be screened (with many studios having to push the release of their movies as far back as August,) to be a new force to reckon with in the Nigerian film industry.
It will also no doubt help increase box-office revenue of both Nollywood and foreign movies here in Nigeria, as one of the reasons gross earnings in the movie industry, in a country of over 180 million people, is low is because the number of cinemas isn’t enough to meet the demand and convenience od cinephiles across the nation.