Drive-in cinema to expand
By Rosalia David
THE current epidemic has brought the entertainment industry to a screeching halt but Bomba Shinguedha has found a roundabout solution to keep movie buffs entertained through his ‘drive through cinema’ initiative.
A few weeks ago, Shinguedha initiated ‘the drive through cinema’ which has seen more than 40 cars flocking to the venue in Lafrenz Windhoek, to have a movie night with family and friends.
Speaking to Confidente, Shinguedha said the reception has been overwhelming so far and plans to expand the drive-in cinema to many other parts of the country.
“This was the time for us to become creative as most of our businesses went still because we depend on huge gatherings to make a profit. So, we thought what can we do to generate an income and that is how we came up with this. With this coronavirus, we are challenged to think out of the box,” he explained.
Together with his team, he said he might take the drive through cinema idea to towns such as Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and the northern part of Namibia.
“We have plans to screen a movie every weekend and we are also thinking of having two locations in Windhoek because a lot of people from uptown have enquired and driving to the Northern Industry is quite challenging.”
He further said that the movie screening that will be done in town will focus more on kids and family movies to give an opportunity to children as well.
Shinguedha said, “We cannot be screening movies that only targets adults because most people always ask about the age restriction. We are just not doing it for the period of Covid-19 but it will be an ongoing project.”
He went on to say that security is at its best at the venue, while Covid-19 regulations continue to be exercised.
The first movie screening took place on the 29 May with the movie titled ‘Wolf of Wall street’ and on Saturday, the cinema showcased ‘Gladiator’ followed by ‘Pursuit of happiness’ on Sunday.
Although he described the first movie screening weekend as successful, he said they are still new in the industry and should be excused for any technical difficulties that might occur.
Shinguedha is one of the founders of the Kasi Vibe Festival that gives an opportunity to artists and entrepreneurs to exhibit their products to the public.