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The last movie week at the drive-in cinema Chemnitz


The drive-in cinema Chemnitz is starting its last week. Films will continue to play on the screens at the Chemnitz Trade Fair Centre until the 1st of June. The inflatable cinema screen will be used for the last time at the 31st of May. The crowning film finale will be a drive-in cinema children's festival for Children's Day with the three films "Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver", "Gundermann" and "Annie", supplemented by a short musical excerpt from the same-named musical, presented by Studio W.M. - Werkstatt für Musik und Theater from Chemnitz. The temporary drive-in cinema will then say goodbye on the 12th of June, but until then there will be several cultural events, including the first drive-in disco on the 6th of June.  To the hits of the eighties and nineties, music videos will be shown on the screen, live performances of selected hits as well as a light and fire show will be presented - a slightly different disco evening in your own car.

Over a period of six weeks, the first drive-in cinema in Chemnitz offered visitors cultural variety in an extraordinary time. Films were shown daily on a 200 square meter inflatable screen and in the afternoon on a 50 square meter LED wall. A total of 87 films were presented during the programme. Additional cultural events were added from the middle of May. More than 9,200 guests have visited the drive-in cinema so far; the organizers expect about 10,000 visitors by the end.

Michael Harbauer, drive-in cinema initiator and festival director of the International Film Festival SCHLINGEL, is enthusiastic: "A project at the right time at the right place - in my opinion, this applies to the drive-in cinema in Chemnitz! I am very pleased that after extremely difficult weeks full of privations we were able to celebrate the start of more cultural offers in everyday life with the probably first public event in Saxony on the 22nd of April. It was a good sign for Chemnitz's application to be the European Capital of Culture 2025. The project was intended to build a bridge and in my opinion the drive-in cinema has lived up to this claim. We will do everything in our power to deepen the partnership with C³ GmbH as well as with the two cinemas at the 25th SCHLINGEL in October - naturally with the involvement of all previous classic partners, including of course the CineStar in the Roter Turm gallery".

Also Dr. Ralf Schulze, organizer and CEO of the C³ Chemnitzer Veranstaltungszentren GmbH, draws a positive conclusion: "I am glad that we were able to offer a stage to Chemnitz cinemas, film festivals and artists during these difficult times. The cooperation with the cinema operators and the team of the film festival SCHLINGEL has shown what can be achieved together in Chemnitz even at short notice. I would also like to thank the sponsors and the city administration for their short-term support.

The International Film Festival SCHLINGEL had organised the first drive-in cinema in the city together with the C³ Chemnitzer Veranstaltungszentren GmbH, the Kino Metropol Chemnitz and the Clubkino Siegmar.

© Kristin Schmidt

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