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Newfields cancels Summer Night Film Series this year due to COVID-19

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Posted at 5:47 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 17:47:30-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines, Newfields announced it's canceling the Summer Nights Film Series.

Any regular programs already scheduled for the rest of 2020 have also been canceled to allow for Newfields to focus on safely reopening campus and planning for upcoming large-scale events, according to a press release.

This includes rescheduling the Edward Hopper and the American Hotel museum and Harvest and Winterlights festival.

“This decision was very difficult to make,” said Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon director and CEO, in the release “But the safety of our guests and staff is of the utmost importance during this pandemic and it would be impossible to properly practice social distancing in our amphitheater without totally changing the community-nature of this popular event. The same is true for many other programs, so we have decided simply to take a pause for the rest of 2020 on most of them. The upside to simplifying Newfields’ schedule, is that we can focus more closely on our largest events that we host in the fall and early winter to ensure the public’s safety and enjoyment.”

Newfields is still closed and will reopen when state and local officials say it's safe to do so.