Urban News Staff Reports

As indoor movie theaters remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, drive-in theaters are becoming the way people are spending time outside of the house. One new Black-owned drive-in theater is getting a lot of buzz in Newark.

Newark Moonlight Cinema (54 Bridge Street) was opened earlier this summer by Black couple Siree and Ayanna Morris. Ayanna is a filmmaker and Siree is a real estate developer. The drive-on began when Ayanna wanted to show a documentary she made.

Currently, the drive-in shows one movie each night on Fridays and Sundays. Moonlight Cinema will remain open through October 1. Black films are mostly shown at the drive-in including The Wiz, Friday, Us, The Last Dragon. Films from local artists are also shown.

Moonlight Cinema is located at the former Newark Bears baseball stadium and can hold up to 350 cars per screening. Films are shown on a 55-foot screen and car radios are used to transmit audio from the movies. Food and drinks are also available for purchase. Go to  newarkmoonlight.com for more info.

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