Southampton Arts Center Presents Drive-in Movie

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Southampton Arts Center will kick off Memorial Day weekend with a drive-in movie experience — a screening of the 1981 Steven Spielberg classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” It will all happen at sundown on Saturday, May 23, at approximately 8:30 PM in the Coopers Beach parking lot in Southampton Village. The evening is made possible by the generosity of Simone and David Levinson.

“Embarking on our 8th year, Southampton Arts Center provides artistic and cultural programming to bring our vibrant community together and support the economic vitality of our village,” said Simone Levinson, Southampton Arts Center’s founding co-chair. “After two months of isolating and separation we are delighted to host this drive-in movie and food drive as a nostalgic feel-good event to enjoy with family and friends, as we safely re-emerge from this tumultuous time together.”

Now that drive-ins have been deemed an acceptable form of public entertainment, the center worked quickly to organize this event to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. In the film Harrison Ford plays the intrepid archaeologist Indiana Jones. He tries to beat a band of Nazis to a unique religious relic, which is central to their plans for world domination.

This event will also serve as a food drive benefiting the vital local food bank, Heart of the Hamptons. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable items to donate.

“We are excited to work with Southampton Arts Center to launch drive-in movies in the village. We applaud SAC’s founding co-chairs Simone Levinson and J. Whitney Stevens, Tom Dunn, Amy Kirwin, and Godfrey Palaia for responding quickly and safely,” said Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren. “This will be a phenomenal event for our community and we are proud to be part of it.”

The Independent has also joined on as a media partner for this event. Reservations are required to ensure safe, contactless entry. The lot will open at 7:30 PM with the film beginning at sundown. The audio for the film will be accessed on the FM dial. Attendees will be expected to stay in their cars and follow physical distancing guidelines. Cars should have no more people than available seat belts. Admission is $50. The rain date is Sunday, May 24.

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