Montreal-area residents have watched as, over the course of just a few weeks, their summer plans evaporated before them. In the next few months, it will be up to boroughs, towns, and cities to quickly put together some summer programming to make up for all the cancelled events. One suburb has already gotten a head start. A new temporary drive-in theatre in Vaudreuil-Dorion aims to bring some fun to an otherwise bleak season.\n"The idea for the drive-in was born out of the city council's desire to offer entertainment to its citizens this summer," a city communications officer told MTL Blog.\nVaudreuil-Dorion's usual summer events, like concerts in the Maison Valois park, outdoor movies, festivals, and activities at the Maison Félix Leclerc cultural centre, they explained, have become impossible due to the pandemic and public health restrictions.\n"The drive-in theatre became an interesting alternative."\nIt will also enable visitors to practice social distancing.\n"Our citizens will thus be able to have an interesting activity possible alone or with their family near their home."\nThe city plans to put up the theatre at the Cité-des-Jeunes high school campus with room to host about 90 cars.\nThe theatre will be open only in the month of July.\nResidents of Vaudreuil-Dorion will be able to attend the two daily screenings at a "minimal cost."\nGoogle Maps\nDrive-in theatres were one of the first summer establishments to get a green light to reopen from the Government of Quebec.\nAcross the province, they'll be able to welcome patrons as of May 29.\nSome of the most popular in the Montreal area have already announced plans to reopen on that date or the first week of June.\nMaybe Vaudreuil-Dorion's concept will give Montreal leaders some inspiration? One can hope.\nThe metropolis and some of its boroughs have committed to opening up some streets for pedestrians and cyclists, however, to give them more space to make the most of summer.\n#COVID19 : Cet été, nous proposons à la population les Voies actives sécuritaires, qui feront de Montréal une ville agréable et sécuritaire où tous pourront se déplacer en respectant les règles de distanciation, redécouvrir leur ville et encourager nos commerçants. #polmtl pic.twitter.com/nXEySrnmJE— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) May 15, 2020\nThe new Active Pathways Circuit will connect the city's major public parks with pedestrian-only thoroughfares and expanded bike lanes.\nThe goal of that initiative, Mayor Plante said at its rollout, is to give the population "a pleasant and safe city that will allow it to move without the hassle and to rediscover all that the metropolis has to offer."\nLa Ville de Vaudreuil-Dorion réinvente sa programmation estivale. Détails ici :https://t.co/3ZSmHtpYor pic.twitter.com/z2HoigR8LR— ville_vd (@ville_vd) April 24, 2020\nMore details about the Vaudreuil-Dorion drive-in are coming in June.\nStay tuned!\nThis article's cover image is used for illustrative purposes only.