ROXBURY, NJ — (Updated to include sponsors) In a first for Roxbury, the township will be turning a portion of Horseshoe Lake Park into a makeshift drive-in movie theater on a Friday night next month, said Mayor Bob DeFillippo on Tuesday.

The “Drive-in Movie Night at Horseshoe Lake” will take place Aug. 14 in the parking lot next to the Succasunna park's fairgrounds, said the mayor. If it rains, the event will take place the next evening, he said.

“A giant screen will be erected near the band shell at Horseshoe Lake and cars will park in the lot,” said DeFillippo, who presented the “exciting news” during the Roxbury Mayor and Council’s virtual meeting. “To adhere to safe social distancing, we think we can fit about 150 cars in the lot.”

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Disney’s “Frozen II” will be shown on the screen, beginning at about 8:30 p.m. “We expect the sun to set around 7:57 p.m. on that date,” DeFillippo noted.

Those who wish to attend must make reservations. These will be available beginning on Aug. 1 through the Roxbury Community Pass website, according to the mayor.

DeFillippo said the event is being provided by the Roxbury Public Library and will be free, thanks to donations secured by Roxbury Rotary Club member Steve Alford.

“These are some of the same people who, year after year, sponsor our fireworks during the Beach Blast, which as you know had to be canceled this year,” said the mayor. He said Alford “found about 20 sponsors in 20 minutes,” for the movie.

The Roxbury High School Interact Club, the Rotary Club’s offshoot at the high school “is expected to give away prepackaged, sealed bags of popcorn” at the movie, said the mayor.

Although the movie will be free, the township is asking for a $10 donation to Roxbury Social Services from each car that registers for the movie night.

“All proceeds will go to help families that are in need,” DeFillippo said. “The donations for social services will be accepted when people register for the movie on Community Pass.”

He noted that those attending the show will only be allowed out of their vehicles to use the portable bathrooms that will be in place for the event. 

DeFillippo also thanked Roxbury Public Library Director Radwa Ali and the township’s Youth Services Librarian Lynn Gaillard “for making the movie available and with helping to make the selection.” Ali said the "bulk of the work" for the event is being handled by the Roxbury Recreation Department.

DeFillippo and his wife, Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, are among the sponsors for the event. The others:

Alford Financial Group (a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor)

The Roxbury Diner (a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor)

PJ’s Auto Body (a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor)

Tammy Abrusci RE/MAX Heritage Properties

A Brilliant Solution Power Washing

William C Diamond Plumbing

Equity Home Mortgage

Fullerton Ground Maintenance

Legends Car Wash

Luigi’s Pizza

Mt Freedom Printing

Nisivoccia LLP Accounting & Consulting

Gary Ribe RE/MAX American Dream

Valley Pharmacy & Surgical Supply Center

Tim Smith and Family

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