Trend Watch: PDX latest airport to debut a movie theatre

Trend Watch: PDX latest airport to debut a movie theatre

Boring airport layovers may be a thing of the past if a new trend to install movie theatres continues to take off.

Portland International Airport (PDX) is the latest travel hub to announce plans for a movie theatre, reports CNN. The airport is partnering with Portland’s prohibition-era Hollywood theatre to create a vintage-style cinema for passengers on the go. Slated to open this summer, the theatre will mainly screen short films produced by local filmmakers to showcase the local arts scene.

“The films screened at PDX will introduce travellers to the diverse array of experiences Oregon and the surrounding region has to offer,” said PDX spokeswoman Kama Simonds.

PDX’s theatre is the latest in a string of airport movie theatres in recent years. In 2014, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport became the first U.S. airport to debut a cinema. Last year, Miami International introduced a pop-up cinema that showed silent film classics like Buster Keaton’s ‘One Week.’

In Asia, the trend has been on the up and up for years. Singapore’s Changi Airport has not one, but two 24-hour theatres that screen blockbuster movies free of charge. Over at Hong Kong International, passengers will find the world’s first airport IMAX that shows movies in 2D and 3D, while Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International launched a 6D cinema with moving seats back in 2013.