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North Bergen launches outdoor movie season

The drive-in theater will not be making a comeback

The first screening of the season was held on May 18. Photo by Art Schwartz.

On a gorgeous night under the stars, the township launched its summer movie season with a screening of the animated family favorite “The Secret Life of Pets 2.”

Free popcorn and beverages were available to families who gathered on May 18 in the parking lot next to the uptown library. Chairs were provided for safe social distancing.

More outdoor movies will be announced soon in parks and other locations throughout the township. Check northbergen.org or official social media pages.

Bygone COVID tradition

Last year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the township held drive-in movies at a few locations. This was commonplace across the county, including in Bayonne and Secaucus.

The popup drive-in theaters were a hit last summer, but they may again be a thing of the past as many virus restrictions have been lifted.

Children enjoy a drive-in movie in North Bergen in July of 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the township, there are no plans for drive-in movies. Outdoor movies will be available every Tuesday at various locations.

The memory of the drive-in theater lives on as the movies are shown on the portable, inflatable screen used for the drive-in movies.

As New Jersey vaccinates more residents, state restrictions continue to be lifted. Recently, North Bergen reached a milestone having fully vaccinated 44 percent of all adults. At least 57 percent of residents have received one vaccine dose.

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