Movies Under The Stars Returns to Forest Theatre During July, August

July 15, 2023

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Kids of all ages can catch a fun, free movie in an iconic location as Movies Under the Stars returns to Forest Theatre for the Summer. Sponsored by Community Arts & Culture, Chapel Hill Public Library, and UNC Arts Everywhere, Movies Under the Stars features a diverse array of animated movies on Thursday evenings during July and August:

The movies will begin at sundown and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and water, as well as a flashlight for when the movie is over. Free popcorn will be provided.

This year, there’s additional fun before the movie starts, with a DJ Dance Party and frozen treats for sale from different local vendors each week, including Mapleview Farms, Alsie’s, and Mike’s Icys.  Pre-show fun starts at 7:15 pm.

Movies Under the Stars is a collaborative effort between the town and the university to offer free, family-friendly entertainment during the summer months. The planning partners jointly curated the movies for this year, with a focus on diversity. “In choosing films such as The Princess and The Frog and Turning Red, we wanted to make sure that all Chapel Hill kids feel represented and celebrated,” said Susan Brown, Director of Community Arts & Culture and Chapel Hill Public Library.

Brown also said that ending the series with Shrek is a way to connect with UNC students and welcome them, whether they are first-year or returning students. “Last year, we ended with High School Musical and had a great turnout from UNC students, who sang along to every word. We chose Shrek as another nostalgic favorite and hope to see students with us again this year.”

Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture aims to inspire creativity and celebrate community for a better Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill Public Library’s mission is to spark curiosity, inspire learning, and create connections. UNC Arts Everywhere strives to make the arts a fundamental part of the University culture and daily campus life.

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