Arts Everywhere, Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture and Chapel Hill Public Library are partnering to host Movies Under the Stars, an annual series of free movies screened every Thursday through Aug. 18, at the Forest Theatre.
The first movie shown will be Pixar’s Soul this Thursday at sundown.
This year, the amount of movies shown has increased from three to five. In addition to Soul, Encanto will be shown on July 28, Annie on Aug. 4, Inside Out Aug. 11 and finally High School Musical on Aug. 18.
Melissa Bartoletta, marketing and communications coordinator at Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, said that the goal of the movie selections was to bring people of all ages together.
“We picked titles that were family-friendly, that were inclusive, and we thought some of them could even be fun throwbacks for people,” she said.
In previous years, Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture has hosted Movies Under the Stars in different locations around town, but this year’s series will be the second time the event is hosted in the Forest Theatre.
The event was relocated to the theatre when Chapel Hill Community of Arts & Culture partnered with Arts Everywhere.
Bartoletta said that last year, Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture ramped up programming and did not have a lot of lead time for the event.
She said that even though there were only a couple of weeks to get the word out, last year's Movies Under the Stars saw around 200 community members come out to watch the movies.