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There’s a new Black-owned movie theater right outside of Baltimore, Maryland! NextAct Cinema officially opened for business on March 7th of this year. According to the website:
“NextAct Cinemas, is an independent boutique theater that offers a unique, personalized movie going experience for our customers. You will have the option of eating and drinking while relaxing in a comfortable leather chair or come socialize and join us for beer and wine at the bar. Seating is reserved so get your tickets early and join us at least 30 minutes prior to your movie showing to enjoy a meal. Concession items can still be order throughout the movie from your seats.”
What they don’t mention, is that the cinema is the only Black-owned movie theater in the Baltimore area. Being able to see a diverse film in an establishment owned by a Black family has taken the statement “representation matters” to another level.
The theater has been a life long dream of the Wright family. They went from having a theater room in their home to owning a movie theater that has upgraded the movie going experience for the broader community.
The business currently boasts a perfect rating on Google and is drawing customers beyond the Baltimore area. One lady drove an hour out of the way to show her support.
Packed up the car and drove a whole hr to support the new, Black-owned #NextActCinema movie theater in Pikesville, Md.— Ayanna Smith (@dcpublicist) March 24, 2019
A bar, restaurant & movie theater with reclining leather seats & swivel food trays with wait service.
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