PARAMUS, N.J. — As area restaurants are gearing up to offer outdoor dining, and retail centers in-person shopping, come Monday, June 15 per Governor Murphy’s announcement earlier this month and lifting the state’s stay-at-home order this past week, Paramus residents can also look forward to drive-in movies this summer in the borough.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, officials approved requests for drive-in movie theaters on Midland Avenue and the Garden State Plaza starting next month. Digital Sound, Light and Video Inc. will hold a drive-in movie theater in the parking lot of 49 East Midland Avenue for three months beginning in July and ending in October. Show times will be held Sunday through Wednesday at 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and then on Friday and Saturday during two time slots -- one from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the other from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

MegaBite Events also plans to hold a drive-in movie event in the parking lot of the Garden State Plaza from July to October on dates to be announced. 

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An all-day drive-thru food truck festival provided by Rockaway-based Just Jersey Fest is currently being considered for Sunday, July 19 in the Paramus Park Mall parking lot from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Mayor Richard LaBarbiera said the temporary use of the parking lots for such events were reviewed by a “fast team” consisting of the Building Department, Zoning Board, Engineering and Fire Protection in an effort to “give business a chance and people a choice.”

“I look forward to residents having the opportunity to enjoy these uses as the state continues to move forward with the re-opening of businesses,” said LaBarbiera. 

Check the borough website at paramasborough.org for updates.