CHATHAM, NJ - Tailgating with pizza and snacks while waiting for sundown and the start of the movie brought a feeling of normalcy back to Chatham on Wednesday evening.
Chatham residents seemed to forget about the pandemic as 60 cars full of family and friends gathered in the Chatham Middle School parking lot for a drive-in movie - Indiana Jones and the "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
Social distancing was practiced with families spread throughout the lot.
The movie was co-sponsored by Chatham Borough and Chatham Township in conjunction with the Chatham Cultural Committee and run by Boxcar, which charged $25 per vehicle. The event was sold out days in advance. Boxcar employees walked through and handed out free bags of popcorn before the movie began.
There were a few minor glitches, but no one seemed to mind and the movie began to roll around 9:20 p.m.
"I think this is awesome," Simon Mason, Chatham Township resident, said. "It doesn't get any better than this."
The Mason family, below, had front row seats for the event. Left to right: Simon, Anna, Amy and Tessa.