Wex Drive-In American Graffiti
George Lucas, 1973
The Wexner Center brings the big screen outside for the Wex Drive-In series of free open-air film screenings on the Wexner Center Plaza. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating at these festive, informal events. All Drive-In movies start at dusk (generally around 9 PM), but you are invited to come at 8 PM to choose your spot and enjoy the company of friends and fellow film fans. On tap for the evening: beer from Seventh Son Brewing and wine from our cash bar, plus Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (with a free scoop for members), Pam’s Market Popcorn, and pizza from Mikey’s Late Night Slice.
Watch—and listen to—classic movies whose popular music soundtracks propel action, underscore emotion, heighten authenticity, and stay in our memories. Organized by Wexner Center Film Curator David Filipi, the<i>Soundtrack Available</i>series features films notable for their creative and thoughtful use of popular music as a cinematic element. Many spawned soundtrack albums whose impact equaled that of the films themselves.
Weather Update: We're sorry to report that due to weather, tonight's outdoor screening of American Graffiti is being moved indoors. The screening will begin around 9 PM and is still free.
American Graffiti is being presented as a free outdoor screening in our Wex Drive-In series. Come at 8 PM to claim your spot and get ready with drinks (cash bar), snacks, and free popcorn and Jeni’s ice cream. The film begins at dusk.
DJ Wolfman Jack spins the records that set the mood in this hit-filled coming-of-age film set amid the sock hops and drive-ins of Modesto, California, in the pre–Vietnam War era. Songs include Del Shannon's "Runaway" and the Platters' "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." (110 mins., 35mm)
Wexner Center members receive a commemorative Wex Drive-In mug and discounted drinks at each outdoor film. Not yet a member? If you join at any Wex Drive-In screening, you'll receive a film/video T-shirt and two additional film passes (a $34 value).
In the event of rain or other bad weather, you can see American Graffiti in the Film/Video Theater at 9 PM.
Attending this event? Let your friends know and RSVP on Facebook.
SOUNDTRACK-THEMED DRINKS: Check out the Soundtrack Available-themed drinks at Surly Girl Saloon (1126 North High Street, Columbus) this summer (examples include The Easyrider and The Manhattan).
REDUCED PRICED SOUNDTRACKS: Visit Used Kids Records (1980 North High Street, Columbus) to browse and buy soundtrack recordings with discounts available if you bring in a ticket stub from any Soundtrack Available movie.
Free for to all audiences (advanced registration required)
SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS FOR FILM/VIDEO PROGRAMS
Rohauer Collection Foundation
MAJOR SUPPORT FOR WEX DRIVE-IN
Orange Barrel Media
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Pam’s Market Popcorn, LLC
The Other Paper
Surly Girl Saloon
Used Kids Records
WOSU: Public Media
American Airline / American Eagle
GENERAL SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council