Downtown Summer Movie Series Announced, Moves to New Location

Post Date:06/11/2019 4:04 PM

On three nights this summer, Chapel Hill residents can enjoy a family-friendly outdoor movie in a new location.  The annual “Movies Under the Stars” series, co-sponsored by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Town’s Division of Community Arts & Culture, is moving to McCorkle Place and bringing on the Carolina Union Activities Board as a new partner.  Each movie will take place on a Thursday evening and start at approximately 8 p.m., with fun, pre-show experiences at 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday, June 20, the popular animated movie Frozen will be on offer, along with pre-show frozen treats for sale.  On Thursday, July 18, School of Rock will be on the big screen and before the movie, the Chapel Hill School of Rock will be on stage.  On Thursday, Aug. 8, the series will close with the acclaimed animated film Coco, shown in Spanish with English subtitles, and a local Mariachi band playing beforehand.  The movies and activities will take place on the edge of UNC-Chapel Hill’s McCorkle Place, on the grass lawn on the west side of Morehead Planetarium. Movie-goers should bring chairs or blankets to the screenings.

Movies Under the Stars is a collaboration that advances several shared goals, including bringing families to downtown Chapel Hill and creating diverse arts experiences in unexpected places.  Matt Gladdek, Executive Director of the Downtown Partnership says that programs like these really show off the possibilities of downtown and the value of partnerships, noting “By working together, we have created a great town/gown program that will invite people to experience what downtown is like in the summer.”  Gladdek encourages attendees to grab a bite to eat at a downtown restaurant and stroll Franklin Street, before or after the movie screenings.

The Town’s Division of Community Arts & Culture curated the film series as a reflection of its recently adopted values of inclusion, experience, and understanding.  Susan Brown, Executive Director for Community Arts & Culture says, “Showing Coco in Spanish with English subtitles is a way to welcome non-native English speakers, while Frozen is a modern classic that invites people to sing together for an evening, and the School of Rock performance allows attendees to experience some great local and young musicians.”

For more information about parking, visit On-street parking is free after 6 p.m. and after 8 p.m. in public decks and lots, including Wallace Deck, the closest to McCorkle Place. For information about this and other upcoming activities, follow the program partners on Twitter at @chcommunityarts, @chdpartnership, and @CUAB.


2019 Movies Under the Stars:  McCorkle Place/Downtown Chapel Hill

Movies at 8 p.m./Activities at 7:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, June 20: Frozen, w/Ice Cream for sale and audience singing encouraged
  • Thursday, July 18: School of Rock, w/performance from Chapel Hill School of Rock
  • Thursday, Aug. 8: Coco, in Spanish with English Subtitles, w/Mariachi performance
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