Court Orders CDA to Ban Open Air Cinema in Islamabad

Court Orders CDA to Ban Open Air Cinema in Islamabad


The Islamabad High Court (IHC) referred the matter to the Capital Development Authority (CDA). After hearing a petition seeking a ban on the drive-in cinema in the capital’s F-9 Park.

Court Orders CDA to Ban Open Air Cinema in Islamabad

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah on Tuesday heard the petition calling for the closure of the open-air cinemas in the federal capital.
The court directed the CDA chairman to issue a written order on the matter after hearing the applicant.

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As per details, the petitioner’s lawyer, Yasir Chaudhry, appeared before the court and said that

The drive-in cinema launched on December 19 at the F-9 Park was only a source of entertainment for the people who owned vehicles.

He added that the drive-in cinema was a commercial activity that was prohibited at public parks according to the Supreme Court’s orders. Furthermore, the petition held that running a cinema at a public park caused environmental pollution as well.

After the conclusion of the arguments, the court referred the matter to the CDA chairman and directed him to issue a written order.

What is a Drive-in Cinema?

A Drive-in theater or drive-in cinema is a form of cinema structure consisting of a large outdoor movie screen. It includes a projection booth, a concession stand, and a large parking area for automobiles. Within this enclosed area, customers can view movies from the privacy and comfort of their cars.

Why CDA plans to have a Drive-in cinema?

While the country was facing the pandemic and social distancing is still the must thing, CDA decides to provide some entertainment. The Drive-in or Open-air cinema served as a treat in those horrible times for Islamabandians.

The topic of a drive-in cinema was brought up by a Twitter user. Who tagged Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafqat in a post and suggested that such type of cinemas should be opened in Islamabad amid pandemic.

The DC liked his idea and replied:


As per the plan, the authorities announced to open the Drive-in cinema only for weekends. But if the response will be positive they have plans to open cinema for alternative days.

However, now this cinema is becoming a major cause of pollution in the public area. There are sheer chances that authorities might ban the Drive-in cinema of F9 park.

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