The good old times… When you would take your car, a racy one fifties style, drive down the hills and park it in a drive-in movie theater. But the good old times are maybe not that far away…
Located in the Nai Pi Lae lagoon off of Thailand’s Kudu Island, a remake of a classic American drive-in movie has opened its doors. Well, can we really talk about doors for a drive-in cinema?
Besides, this drive-in theater is nothing like the institutional ones that used to spread across America. It is more a float-in cinema experience designed by Beijing-based architect Ole Scheeren for the final night of the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival. Constructed in recycled materials, the theater was dismantled and given to the local community to use as a playground and floating stage.
“The thought of watching films here seemed surprising“ Scheeren said about the project. “A screen, nestled somewhere between the rocks. And the audience floating, hovering above the sea, somewhere in the middle of this incredible space of the lagoon, focused on the moving images across the water. A sense of temporality, randomness, almost like driftwood.”