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The Pandemic Could Renew A Classic Kansas City Movie-Viewing Experience

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Cars and trucks sit in rows in the dark facing a bright white drive-in movie theater screen.
Cpl. Ali Azimi
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Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center
Drive-in theaters, which were once one a common venue for movies and film, may see a resurgence as a response to COVID-19 concerns.

Both Missouri and Kansas now allow theaters to be open, but a number of indoor film houses are not yet operating. With social distancing somewhat built-in, drive-in movie theaters could see a resurgence in popularity.

A drive-in theater may be your safest bet for catching a film on the big screen.

  • Mitch Brian, screenwriter and film professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Bobbie Bagby, executive vice president of B&B Theatres
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