'Floating Cinema' Not Coming to Pittsburgh After All


It was too good to be true.

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A few months ago, many major news outlets in Pittsburgh reported that a 'floating cinema' was coming to our city this month. The 'floating cinema' would allow you and five of your closest friends to sit in a boat on the water and watch a movie on the big screen, social distancing-style. The 'floating cinema' was part of a national tour put on by Australian entertainment company Beyond Cinema and would also make stops in Philadelphia, Houston, and more. A few days later, the Trib reported that Beyond Cinema had not obtained the necessary permits, and now, the company has announced that they are postponing the tour due to COVID-19.

Websites promoting these 'floating cinema' events now say that all events have been postponed until 2021, and Beyond Cinema will notify interested parties via email about future dates. As for the Pittsburgh 'floating cinema' event, the Pittsburgh Coast Guard has explicitly stated that they reached out to the organizers, but never received a response. Additionally, Pittsburgh Special Events Manager Brian Katze said, "The city never received any contact from the company who was responsible for the event."

If you're still in the mood for a good drive-in movie, check out the City of Pittsburgh's Dollar Bank Drive-In Movie Night series, or the Dependable Drive-In in Moon. Maybe we'll get a 'floating cinema' experience here in Pittsburgh next summer!

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