Black-owned drive-in movie theater reopens for second year in Newark

What started as a pop-up in Newark is now a staple in the community - a Black-owned drive-in movie theater is returning for its second season.

News 12 Staff

Jul 24, 2021, 9:23 PM

Updated 995 days ago

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What started as a pop-up in Newark is now a staple in the community - a Black-owned drive-in movie theater is returning for its second season.
Newark Moonlight Cinema opened during the pandemic after the owners say they were unable to work due to stay-at-home orders. Ayana and Siree Morris have opened the theater at a new location; the site of the former Baxter Terrace complex.
The new location can hold 300 cars and has two 800-square foot shipping container screens for simultaneous screenings. A concession stand was also installed.
The gates open at 7 p.m. and movies start at 9 p.m. Moviegoers are encouraged to dress in African attire to celebrate the screening of "Coming 2 America."


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