The Casuarina Sini-Drive, Perak’s drive-in cinema at Downtown Meru, Ipoh…

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Ticket prices are RM36 for single occupancy cars, RM42 for couples and RM46 for a family of four, including popcorns and soft drinks or water.

Moviegoers are to arrive 45 minutes before screen time and smaller cars will be ushered to the front so that the raised 6m by 18m screen is not blocked.

A special radio frequency will channel sounds from the movie to occupants in the car through the vehicles’ audio system.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2020/07/18/danger-lurks-in-drive-in-cinemas/

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Advice: In the US, the operator of a drive-in cinema has this piece of advice: We strongly recommend that you do not run your engine for long periods during the movie.

YS Chan -July 18, 2020 2:09 PM

In any case, those gathered in front of the big outdoor screen will have to arrive early and spend more than two hours inside a parked car with the engine and air-conditioning running. And this is when the “Grim Reaper” emerges, not in the movie but inside the car.

The Grim Reaper is a scary figure in a black cloak and razor-sharp scythe that put fear into the hearts of anyone who captures a glimpse of him. He represents death and has been depicted in ancient art, literature, tattoos and movies for many years.

All over the world, people have died sleeping in the car. This includes couples spending too much time in deserted areas with the engine and air-conditioning running.

The silent killer creeps into the car unnoticed as it is colourless and odourless, making unsuspecting occupants drowsy and falling asleep, never to wake up again.

The exhaust fumes from petrol engines are mainly carbon dioxide and water vapour but it also contains a deadly amount of carbon monoxide. People have committed suicide by using a hose to connect the exhaust pipe to the inside of the car.

Those who drive long distances should open the windows occasionally if they do not wish to take rests in between.

However, opening doors or windows while watching a movie would allow mosquitoes to enter and the occupants run the risk of catching dengue fever.

In the US, the operator of a drive-in cinema has this piece of advice: We strongly recommend that you do not run your engine for long periods during the movie.

Noisy car engines are bothersome to your neighbours in the next car. Also, carbon monoxide is poison and can build up if several vehicles are running in close proximity to each other.

For safety, I recommend that an intermission be introduced and all occupants be required to walk out of the car and perhaps visit the mobile toilets. Long queues can be prevented if a shed is built for the men to ease themselves.

YS Chan is an FMT reader.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2020/07/18/danger-lurks-in-drive-in-cinemas/

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4 Responses to The Casuarina Sini-Drive, Perak’s drive-in cinema at Downtown Meru, Ipoh…

  1. E Lye says:

    Does it work in the rain? Will there be mud undeneath if it rains? Will Lamborghinis and BMW 520Ds and owners of Samsung Galaxy Note 7s be banned from entry? Will cars be required to switch off their engines? Will owners of dashcams be prosecuted for illegal recording? Will there be Ejen Ali and Upin and Ipin PSA’s on how to act in the event of a fire or lightning?

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