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When: Fri., Dec. 16, 6 p.m. 2016

"Time capsule commemorating opening of The Center Theater," the plaque set in the earth at The Shoppes at Lakewood reads, "placed here in Dec. 1966 A.D. to be opened in Dec. 2016 A.D." I wonder if those who buried it could guess how much would change, and how much would stay the same. The movie theater had just vacated its downtown location of almost thirty years, which was swiftly torn down and replaced by the Home Savings Bank, whose striking shape and signage survive in the silhouette of The Durham Hotel. The theater reopened in Lakewood Shopping Center, where a bustling amusement park and other attractions waited at the end of a streetcar line. (Visit the Open Durham website for some great pictures of both sites.) The lights at Lakewood have dimmed since then, as development went ravaging elsewhere. But the Center Theater building remains. Since 2014, it has housed The Scrap Exchange, which likewise landed there after leaving downtown. Uncannily, the twenty-fifth anniversary of Durham's essential creative reuse center—talk about the right outfit for the job—aligns with the time capsule's foreordained opening date. If the plaque carries that much Durham history on its face, just imagine what's below. Or, see for yourself, when fifty-year-old artifacts are disinterred at 7:30 on Friday night at The Scrap Exchange's anniversary party. The festivities also include an exhibit and guest speakers exploring the conjoined stories of the center and Lakewood, food and drink, carnival games and costumes, Bulltown Strutters music, and A/V Geeks films.—Brian Howe

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