Frankie Walls ’22 considers herself as an old soul.
“I’ve always been into retro things,” she said. “I have a record player; I have the old Polaroid camera and my grandmother’s old cameras.”
That passion for the past manifested itself during this past summer, when Walls helped bring back a piece of nostalgia to her hometown of Newark, New Jersey, by helping to create Newark Moonlight Cinema, a pop-up drive-in movie theater held in a former minor-league baseball stadium.
At the height of their popularity, there were more than 4,000 drive-ins in the United States. Today, that number has dwindled to a few hundred. However, drive-ins are making a comeback across the nation, offering a chance to view a movie while staying socially distanced, at a time when many indoor movie theaters remain closed due to coronavirus precautions.
Walls got involved with Newark Moonlight Cinema in part due to her academic aspirations. A film, photography, and visual arts major in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, she had previously worked with owner and filmmaker Ayana Morris. The two taught videography to high school students at the Abbott Leadership Institute’s Youth Media Symposium, a nonprofit organization that teaches advocacy and leadership through social media.