Tubman Museum receives funding for back lot drive-in theater

Back Lot Drive-in at the Tubman

The James L. Knight Foundation awarded the Tubman Museum a $92,925 grant to create a back lot drive-in.

The museum will transform the back of the Tubman into an amphitheater, where dozens of cars can line the parking lot and watch a film on a 30-foot LED screen.

Executive director Andy Ambrose says he hopes to bring films to life quarterly.

"We can utilize it for outdoor concerts and maybe even dance performances and we see it as a really, wonderful outdoor stage that accommodates everything from drive-in movies to concerts and performances," said Ambrose.

The films will focus on African-American history, arts and culture.

Local business owners like Sang Chanram say events like this is what Macon needs.

"I think this is a great idea really. I think it's going to be awesome for us to have," says Chanram.

After 20 years in the restaurant field, she moved her business to the downtown area six months ago.

She thinks this film event will bring extra foot traffic to downtown and potentially new customers.

'It's the best place for me now for my business any ways because there are so many potentials here," said Chanram.

The events will be free and Ambrose hopes to partner with the Macon Film Festival, Bragg Jam and other community events for an outside forum.

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