Black-Owned Movie Theater In Baltimore Area Is Drawing Customers From Far Away

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Written by Ann Brown
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The movie theater business has grown over the last five years by an estimated to 3.6 percent per year, reaching $18.9 billion in 2019, including revenue growth of 1 percent in 2019 alone.

So when the Wright family of Baltimore decided to open up a movie theater, it was a smart business move. They made history in the process. NextAct Cinema, which officially opened for business on March 7, 2019, is the only Black-owned theatre in the Baltimore area.


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The theater was a lifelong dream of the Wright family, who went from having a theater room in their home to owning a movie theater.

According to the website, NextAct Cinema is an independent boutique theater that offers a unique, personalized movie-going experience. Customers can eat and drink while relaxing in comfortable leather chairs or socialize over beer and wine at the bar.

The theater features 86 leather chairs, new big screens and a state-of-the-art immersive sound experience. The bar offers a menu that includes soups, sandwiches, quesadillas, crab cake, pizza, salmon and salads.

So far the theatre is off to a great start. It has a perfect rating on Google and is attracting customers beyond the Baltimore area.


About Ann Brown

Ann Brown has been a freelance writer for more than two decades. Her work has appeared in CocoaFab, Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire.com, New York Trend, Upscale, Moguldom, AFKInsider, The Network Journal, Playboy, Africa Strictly Business, For Harriet, Pathfinders, Black Meetings & Tourism, Frequent Flier, Girl, Honey, Source Sports, The Source, Black Radio Exclusive, and Launch. She studied journalism at New York University and has her B.A. Born in New York, Ann lived in Praia, Cabo Verde, for nearly a decade. She created “An American In Cabo Verde,” a Facebook community.