With traditional theaters largely shut down (at least for a time) nationwide, the remaining drive-in theaters experienced a sudden resurgence. Despite living in Albuquerque when I looked for a drive in theater and found one in Las Vegas, I seriously considered checking it out. As a parent of young kids who have never been to a real drive-in theater I figured it might be fun.
Well, as it turns out the theater attempted to open in mid-May and the Gov. stopped it. There is no scientific or even logical reason for this and it makes an honest observer wonder why she wouldn’t allow this kind of business to reopen.
A second story from the Santa Fe New Mexican includes statements from NM’s Tourism Secretary (with backup from the Gov.) saying that New Mexico may not see events bigger than 100 people for up to 18 months. That could obviously have profound impacts not just on the economy, but on our way of life as well. Weddings, Balloon Fiesta, sports at all levels and more. It is a frightening proposition to say the least.
UPDATE: a “drive in” movie showing that had previously been scheduled by the City of Rio Rancho and had a waiting list of over 90 people who wanted to attend was canceled today as a direct result of the Gov.’s prohibition on drive in movies: