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Black Owned and Operated Drive-in Movie Theatre Illuminates Newark During Pandemic

Newark, NJ- The nostalgic experience of the drive-in movie theater is temporarily making a come back in New Jersey’s largest city during this national pandemic.

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Entertainment and gatherings outside of the house have been virtually non existent due to the risk of contracting Covid-19 . During this time of encouraged social distancing married couple and Newark natives, Siree and Ayanna Morris saw an opportunity to bring back the drive-in movie experience. The drive-in was a perfect way to encourage the movie going experience in a safe and socially distant manner.

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Siree is a real estate developer by profession while his wife, Ayana is a filmmaker. Their expertise were proven the perfect match to pull off a project as grand as a pop up drive-in movie theater. The lot location they chose for their ‘Moonlight Cinema‘ was at Newark’s old Bear’s minor league baseball stadium. The 7.41 acre lot can hold up to 350 cars. Their theater has been up and running since July 24th of this year.

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The owners have been mindful of showing movies that involve Newark born and bred actors such as Michael B Jordan and Queen Latifah.  They are also cognizant of films that featureblack actors, and writers. Some of the films scheduled to show within the upcoming weekends include,’Queen & Slim‘, ‘The Best man‘, and ‘The Last Dragon‘.

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The drive-in theater operates every weekend Friday-Sunday. Currently due to Covid-19 the Mayor has mandated every business that is non-essential to shut down at 8pm on Sundays. Moonlight Cinema is temporarily operating Thursday-Saturday. The theater is expected to be operational until October 4th of this year. For ticket information and additional information about movie showings visit their website at Newarkmoonlight.com.

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