Editor's Update (Thursday at 10 p.m.): The SYLS has since announced that the movie being shown will be "Toy Story 4," and the event will be limited to 125 cars. 

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After hearing about successful drive-in movie nights being held in other towns, a group of Livingston residents and officials worked together to organize a similar event for Livingston residents and announced a tentative date and location during Monday’s township council meeting.

According to Deputy Mayor Shawn Klein and Councilman Al Anthony—who are serving as the council liaisons to an event committee that also includes representatives of Livingston’s Senior, Youth and Leisure Services (SYLS) and was established at the suggestion of resident Jeff Grabelle—the event will likely be held on Father’s Day in the parking lot of the CIT building located off of Eisenhower Parkway.

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Shortly after sunset on June 21, large screens will be set up in the parking lot, which is expected to accommodate approximately 175 cars. The event will be free to all participants and open to Livingston residents only, who must register with their names and vehicles via Community Pass prior to the event.

Both Klein and Anthony expressed optimism and enthusiasm about the upcoming event, stating that they have been in touch with other townships that have held similar events and that movie nights in municipalities such as Ocean Township have “gone off without a hitch.”

The event committee is currently seeking approval to show the 2019 film “Playing with Fire,” which Grabelle said would be the perfect movie for families on Father’s Day.

The announcement of this event comes shortly after the township officially canceled several annual events due to the pandemic, including Youth Appreciation Week, Livingston's July 4th Celebration, National Night Out and more. As of this week, no decision has been made on whether community pools will be opened this season, but SYLS is currently planning to open its summer day camp after July 6. 

More concrete details on the inaugural Drive-In Movie Night will be provided as they become available.

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