Newark Moonlight Cinema Opens This Friday

Newark Moonlight Cinema
Courtesy of Newark Moonlight Cinema

Newark Moonlight Cinema is a pop-up drive-in movie theater located at the site of the former Newark Bears Baseball Stadium in Newark’s Downtown District. The brainchild of Newark based filmmaker, Ayana Stafford-Morris and real estate developer, Siree Morris, this seasonal experience will run Fridays through Sundays from July 24, 2020 – October 4, 2020.

From cult classics to recent releases, each weekend will offer patrons a nostalgic trip down memory lane, while providing prime family time for more than 1,500 people. The films are carefully selected to highlight African-American filmmakers, actors and actresses.

Newark Moonlight Cinema sits on an 7.41 acre site set to hold approximately 350 cars per event. Gates open at 7 pm nightly, and guests are encouraged to arrive early to get a good space, watch the sunset, and order concession items on site before the movie begins. Show starts promptly at 9 pm.

Opening Weekend Schedule

July 24: Just Mercy

July 25: Creed II (*check out our interview with Jersey native Michael B. Jordan, who stars in this film)

July 26: Hardball

House Rules

​Box Office & Concession:

  • Tickets must be purchased and presented for each occupant of the vehicle over the age of 3 years. One ticket per person.

  • Do not purchase tickets for persons not in your single vehicle.

  • Tickets will be checked upon entry, and may be presented on phones or as print outs. No tickets will be sold on site.

  • No cash will be accepted at any selling station.

  • No outside food or beverages allowed.

  • ​Grab some fresh popped popcorn and other sweets and treats using the FanFood app.


  • Due to Covid-19, masks must be worn at all times when outside of vehicles and unable to maintain social distance. Social distance measures will be strictly adhered to at the concession stand.


  • Please help maintain cleanliness of the site. Use the garbage receptacles. Do not litter.

  • Gates open at 7PM. Show starts at 9PM. Please arrive early to be settled before the show begins. This will also give you the opportunity to order and obtain items from concession and utilize restrooms if necessary.

  • Trucks & vans will be directed to park in the rear of the lot and at the ends of rows.

  • No alcoholic beverages allowed. No open fires/grilling.

  • There will be no space saving.

  • No idling: no engines running during once the vehicle is parked. Keep your foot off the brake pedal when parked.

  • When driving through site, do not drive more than 5 miles per hour.

  • No pets are allowed on the premises. Trained/certified Service Dogs that perform services for the disabled are not considered to be pets and are allowed at the drive-in in accordance with the ADA.

  • No smoking. Guests will be escorted off premises without refund.

  • No lewd or indecent activity on site; you will be escorted from the premises.

  • Sitting on vehicle roofs is not permitted! Seating outside of vehicles is not prohibited.

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