Oma Cinema has unveiled a new, futuristic movie theater design that is set to launch in Paris, France next year – however, it looks like something straight out of a Star Wars movie.
The design for the cinema, drawn up by architect Pierre Chican before the pandemic, is still under-construction promises “a new era of movie theater” and is now seen as a possible way to bring proper coronavirus social distancing guidelines to movie-watching as the seats are attached in small pods on the wall, rather than in rows along the floor.
Twitter users quickly began drawing a comparison between the unveiled designs as the Galactic Senate seen in the Star Wars prequels.
The Galactic Senate was a big part of the prequel trilogy, as first witnessed in The Phantom Menace.
— robert franco (@responsiblerob) July 21, 2020
This is perfect for me because whenever I watch any movie I like to pretend I’m a member of the Galactic Senate https://t.co/1O1Icf1Trl
— KatieTwoHands (@KatieTwoHands) July 21, 2020
— MisterBatfleck (@Mister_BatfIeck) July 20, 2020
Meanwhile, in the UK drive-in cinemas have skyrocketed in numbers following the easing down of lockdown restrictions in recent weeks.
According to new data from media measurement firm Comscore seen by Variety, the number has increased from three to 40 since the global crisis began.
Before the spread of the COVID-19 was recorded, the UK had only three venues that offered drive-in cinemas. They included two in Cinestock at Haywards Heath, as well as The Star and Mouse Picture Show – which operates as an outdoor cinema at some sites and as a drive-in at others.