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Parking Lot Theatre debuts Friday with movie, live event

Milwaukee native's dream becomes reality
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Posted at 6:40 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 19:40:11-04

MILWAUKEE — Parking Lot Theatre is a truly organic idea that is coming to fruition for all to see, starting Friday, August 7.

Milwaukee's Midtown and the Near West Side Neighborhoods will host the event Friday that was the dream Anne Koller and her brother Ben, who were born and raised in Midtown on 24th and Lisbon.

Featuring a drive-in movie, with live performances, free giveaways, food, and a talkback led by Black Lens of Milwaukee Film, the focus is a night to enjoy safely and peacefully with your neighborhood.

The movie, Akeelah and the Bee, begins at 6 p.m. at Harley Davidson on 35th and Juneau. Tickets are available on Eventbrite here for $5 per car. They will limit the event to 60 cars in total.

Another part of the evening includes a live performance by Haynie, donated resource bags with PPE kits from Progressive Community Health Centers, Health Kits from Neighborhood House, and art kits and resources from the We Care Crew - Milwaukee County Parks.

Parking Lot Theatre volunteer and scholarship opportunities are available.

“When we started Parking Lot Theatre, I always had my eye on Midtown and was determined to work with the community to get a drive-in movie experience in the neighborhood that brought together neighbors safely and peacefully,” Anne reflects.

Parking Lot Theatre is a social enterprise that creates and curates “pop up” drive-in theatre experiences that utilize unused spaces and integrate elements of community, public health, live entertainment, food, safe social interaction in neighborhoods throughout the City of Milwaukee. According to a release from Koller, the intention of these events is to bring families together safely in partnership with neighborhood associations and business improvement districts to support art, local businesses, and connection.

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