All roads led to the SM City Pampanga as film enthusiasts filled its designated parking lot during the premiere launch of SM Cinema’s Drive In at the mall’s Amphitheater. They were all eager to experience of watching movies under the stars from the comfort of their own cars in the new normal. And it seems they all enjoyed SM Cinema’s #SafeAndFunMovieWatching experience.

At SM Cinema’s Drive-In Movies at Sundown, customers watch “Train to Busan” at the comfort of their parked cars with the Pampanga Eye, the country’s tallest and biggest Ferris wheel in the background.

“My SM drive-in cinema experience was great,” says Kapampangan beauty queen and broadcast journalist Nicolette Henson-Hizon.  “Thank you SM City Pampanga for giving us a fun and memorable and out-of-home movie experience while ensuring everyone of safety of everyone amidst the pandemic. Kudos for pioneering this in the country, and oh what a trip down memory lane!”

Kapampangan beauty queen and broadcast journalist Ms Nicolette Henson-Hizon with her family. She says,”My SM drive-in cinema experience was great! Kudos for pioneering this in the country and oh, what a trip down memory lane!”

Bajong Pangilinan of the North Boys a group of sports car enthusiasts whose members include award winning actor Allen Dizon said that the group “was happy at the good service at the Drive-In movie.

The North Boys maGTRoc (Manila GTR owners Club) came in full force to watch the movie. The sports car enthusiast group hits the road together, mostly during breakfast with their powerful cars. Its president is Eugene Euperio, owner of Invecs and SM Supermalls SVP for Operations Bien Mateo is also one of its members. 

In a TV interview, Romeo Angeles said he was happy “it observes social distancing and at the same time, people are entertained”; while another movie lover, Gerald Bucud enthused that “it’s a great alternative from the usual way of watching movies at the cinema. Instead of going down, you will stay in your car.

Award-winning actor at the SM Cinema’s Drive-In Movies at Sundown “Train to Busan” screening with The North Boys maGTRoc (Manila GTR owners Club)

Young movie enthusiasts drove all the way from Manila for the experience. A young couple celebrating their anniversary said, ‘it’s a first time in the Philippines so I would like to part of history.” Another said in the same feature that this is “very new, especially for our generation. We came all the way from Metro Manila, and have to get a travel pass”

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IATF safety protocols like social distancing and thermal scanning are practiced as guests enjoy newest out-of- home entertainment experience at
SM Cinema Drive-In: Movies at Sundown

After the screening of Train to Busan2, viewers were happy about the experience. “Instead of watching Netflix at home, everything should be here,” said one movie lover in a GMA TV interview; while another said that it was a “nice experience. A good alternative for the new normal.”

Do you miss your favorite movie snacks? SM Cinema Drive-in ticket costs P400 per person that comes with a Snack Time bundle consisting of bottled water, regular-sized popcorn, and beef franks. The tickets for the SM Cinema Drive-in must be purchased individually from https://smtickets.com/.

The SM Cinema Drive-in is open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at the SM City Pampanga Amphitheater. Current films showing are Train 2 Busan: Peninsula and My Spy.

Young couple Kyle Decampong and Nina Malveda travelled all the way from Metro Manila last July 31 to experience SM Cinema’s Drive-In Movies at Sundown at the SM City Pampanga Amphitheater. Movie enthusiasts can
simply visit www.smtickets.com to book and buy tickets.

Entry to the SM Cinema Drive-in will start at 4:30 PM. There will be one (1) movie screenings per day and movie will start at 6:45 PM. All tickets must be purchased online in advance. Each ticket costs P400 per person, and this already includes a Snack Time bundle consisting of bottled water, regular-sized popcorn, and beef franks.

 The parking lot at the SM City Pampanga Amphitheater was filled with cars, including the supercars of the North Boys maGTRoc (Manila GTR owners Club) who watched the screening of Train 2 Busan 2: Peninsula

Food concessions will be available on-site. A separate menu will be provided upon entering the SM Cinema Drive-in. For additional orders, simply raise your flags and a server will approach your vehicle to take your orders.

For the best movie-viewing experience, 2 persons are allowed per vehicle with a maximum of 4 persons. To optimize the viewing experience for all our guests, each vehicle will be assigned their parking spots upon arrival depending on the size of their cars. Traffic marshals will assist guests and direct them to their designated spot.  

Once parked, guests will be instructed to turn on their car’s FM radio to a specific frequency to broadcast the sound straight into their vehicles. Guests are also welcome to bring their own radio and other devices with FM capabilities. The venue can accommodate between 80 and 90 vehicles per screening, and individuals aged between 21 and 59 will be admitted in accordance with IATF Guidelines and Safety Protocols. 

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Be among the first to enjoy the SM Cinema Drive-in cinema experience. Buy your tickets now at https://smtickets.com/sm-drive-in-cinema. All ticket purchases must be through the website.