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Newark Moonlight Cinema


Newark Moonlight Cinema is a drive-in movie theater located in Newark’s Downtown District. The brainchild of filmmaker, Ayana Stafford-Morris and real estate developer, Siree Morris, this seasonal experience will run Wednesday through Sunday from July 24, 2021 until October 31, 2021. From cult classics to recent releases, each weekend will offer patrons a nostalgic trip down memory lane, while providing prime safe covid-friendly family time. The films are carefully selected to highlight African American filmmakers, actors and actresses. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to get a good space, watch the sunset, and order concession items on site before the movie begins. 

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Bringing friends, families and loved ones together!

The recent pandemic has caused a resurgence in demand of a past time favorite - the drive in movie theatre! Let Newark Moonlight Cinema satiate your quarantine qualms each weekend.  Bring the gals, crew, squad, or pack for a social distance-friendly evening that is sure to create lasting memories.


Refund Policy

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.  


Weather Policy

If Newark Moonlight is forced to close or reschedule because of torrential rain patrons will be notified via email and our social media pages. If we remain open during the rain we DO NOT offer weather related refunds. 

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.



  • 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.

  •  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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