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Three nights of movies in downtown Shreveport

After eight weeks of staying at home, we’ve got just what you need -- a unique family outing with an emphasis on fun AND safety. Apex Communications and Events, LLC, Summers Social, and the Downtown Development Authority are setting up a giant movie screen Friday, May 29, through Sunday, May 31, for an old-fashioned drive-in with all the appropriate social distancing. The Drive-In will be open three nights for six different features. Sound for the movies will be via car radios.

• It all kicks off on Friday, May 29, with “Wall-E” at 6 pm. Say hello to Axel Foley and “Beverly Hills Cop” at 9:30.

• Start off with wizardry on Saturday, May 30, with “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” at 6 pm. The night wraps up at 9:30 with “Jaws.”

• Sunday, May 31, start off at 6 p.m. with a band of adventurous kids in “The Goonies.” End the weekend with the hilarious “Caddyshack” at 9:30. Tickets are $25 per car per movie and can only be purchased online (through the New Normal Drive-In Facebook Event Page). Event updates can be found on Facebook at New Normal Drive-In and at www.downtownshreveport.com/newnormal

“We love the idea of an old-fashioned drive-in movie,” says Liz Swaine, executive director of the Shreveport DDA. “It’s a rare opportunity for people to do something that used to be a common event every Saturday night. It’s also a great way to share love with some downtown businesses.”

Abby Singer’s Bistro at Robinson Film Center and Retro Down Town Café, will be providing food service for moviegoers each night. Swaine says, “Each has tasty dinner options available for just $10 that can be seen and ordered via links on the Facebook Event Page.” The preorders will be pre-bagged and available for pick up at the drive-in theater with social distancing enforced.

In addition, each movie night, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Conductor Michael Butterman will lead what we believe is the first-ever “car horn symphony” in the U.S. along with some smartphone symphonies so every car will be able to participate.

The drive-in parking lot will open one hour before each showing. Only specific parking spaces marked with large, round stickers will be allowed to be used.

Moviegoers are encouraged to come with those persons that they have been staying at home with and will not be allowed to set up chairs outside of their cars.

Only 100 tickets per showing. Sales close at noon the day of each show, or when sold out. No tickets will be available at the door. The New Normal Drive-In will be at Texas Avenue and Milam Street, behind the First United Methodist Church.Tickets are on sale for the six movies through the Facebook Event Page.


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