What began as an escape from the COVID-19 pandemic, an outdoor movie night has gained traction and continues to thrive despite the return of many in-person events.

In 2020, the world was coping with the collective trauma of long-term isolation. Life as we knew it seemed to come to an abrupt pause, with no end in sight. Half Moon Bay resident Julie Mell was one of many who lost their job due to the halt in the creative industries, but after 20 years in the film industry, she took action.

Emma Spaeth is a staff writer for the Half Moon Bay Review covering community, arts and sports. Emma grew up in Half Moon Bay before earning a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oregon.

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