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Motion picture shows return to the West End this summer as Durham Cinematheque and A/V Geeks join forces with The Scrap Exchange to present the new Lakewood Drive In. Located in the parking lot beside The Scrap Exchange in the “Shoppes at Lakewood” shopping center, the drive in will present three shows this summer and will open on Friday June 19.

Lakewood Drive In will feature real film projected on a big screen and a FM transmitter broadcasting sound to car radios. Tom Whiteside of Durham Cinematheque and Skip Elsheimer and K. Sean Finch of A/V Geeks are curating the shows and promise to deliver a fun and funky twist on traditional drive in fare. Fill your car! Admission charges will be $20 per car or $5 per person for walk-ins or people arriving by bicycle. Two-seater cars will be $10. Tickets may be purchased either at The Scrap Exchange on the day of the show or via the following link: scrapexchange.eventbrite.com

Additional ticket sales and parking for the show will begin at 7:30pm. The films begin at 9:00, after traditional Scrap Exchange 3rd Friday festivities. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a picnic.

Here’s the schedule:

June 19: Bring Your Car to the Movies – high octane cinema covering the entire history of automobiles, plus bikes!

July 17: Great Big World  – there is no need for expensive travel – we will transport you to exotic locations and show you strange things

September 18: Dang It’s Cold! – snow and ice are great therapy for hot weather, so come join us and chill (but beware of frostbite)

Some folks will remember when The Scrap Exchange building was a movie theater, the Center, but film history in this location goes way back. Lakewood Amusement Park was the site of the first screening of motion pictures in Durham in 1903, under a tent.

            Employees of The Scrap Exchange are using their ingenuity and resources at hand to build a screen, a projection platform, and the rest of the infrastructure needed to turn a parking lot into a drive in. “Outdoor shows are not simple, there is a lot of behind the scenes work to do in preparation. Skip and I are very happy that we’ve got a whole team working with us. It’s fabulous.” said Tom Whiteside, director of Durham Cinematheque.