UNCW Office of the Arts, Cucalorus, StarNews, and WHQR Public Media are excited to bring drive-in movies back to Wilmington every Friday night in the Kenan Auditorium parking lot! Each movie is preceded by a short film curated by Cucalorus.
Time: 8:00 p.m. (dusk), parking begins at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $28 per carload (plus tax and online fee)
The parking gate will be closed at the starting time of the event (8:00 p.m.). Vehicles will not be permitted to enter the parking lot once this gate is closed. Refunds will not be provided for late arrivals. The lot opens for parking at 7:00 p.m.
All tickets must be purchased online in advance using mobile or print-at-home options. Tickets will not be available in person. A ticket must be shown to staff as proof of purchase when arriving to the lot (electronic/mobile or print at home receipt).
- No re-entry will be permitted.
- Inclement Weather: Heavy rain, wind or lightning will cause cancellation of the movie. Light rain is not a cause for cancellation. Refunds will be given in the event of a weather cancellation up to the first 30 minutes of the film. After 30 minutes of the film have played, no refunds will be given.
- The parking gate will be closed at the starting time of the event (8:00 p.m.). Vehicles will not be permitted to enter the parking lot once this gate is closed. Refunds will not be provided for late arrivals. The lot opens for parking at 7:00 p.m.
- You will be directed to a parking space by UNCW Parking Staff. Cars will be in front rows. Larger vehicles in the middle rows and extremely tall vehicles on the back row.
- Vehicles with open hatchbacks/trunks will be placed in the back row of the parking lot. These spots are limited and only available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- You will be directed to park leaving a space in between you and the next vehicle. UNCW staff reserve the right to ask you to re-park your vehicle if you park incorrectly. To ensure proper social distancing, there is a capacity limit of 84 cars per event.
- No oversized vehicles allowed. Any vehicle longer or wider than the lots parking space will not be permitted. (15 passenger van/bus/RV/etc.)
- All sound will come through FM radio transmission. In order to fully enjoy the movie, it is recommended that you arrive in a vehicle equipped with a tunable FM receiver on your vehicle’s radio.
- The movie will be projected onto a 30 x 17 screen along the exterior the of Kenan Auditorium.
- All exterior and interior vehicle lights must remain off during the movie. No honking of horns. Be mindful of those around you watching the movie.
- You must remain in your vehicle at all times unless visiting the restroom. No visiting of other vehicles. No lawn chairs may be placed around your vehicle.
- Restrooms are available in Kenan Auditorium. Limit 1 person away from the vehicle at a time (exceptions for parent/guardian accompanying anyone needing assistance). Staff will keep lines to a 10-person maximum and limit the number of persons in each restroom facility.
- No smoking is allowed outside of vehicles within the general parking area or within 25 feet of Kenan Auditorium.
- Shoes, shorts/pants and a shirt must be worn at all times.
- Patrons must wear a face covering if they leave their vehicle while on UNCW property. Face covering will need to be worn while in line for and during visits to the restroom. Disposable face coverings will be available; however, we encourage all patrons to bring their own.
- Video & audio recording of any film is not allowed.
- No alcohol or illegal substances.
- No littering.
- No weapons.
Upcoming Events Schedule
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for Blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
A cynical TV weatherman finds himself reliving the same day over and over again when he goes on location to the small town of Punxsutawney to film a report about their annual Groundhog Day. His predicament drives him to distraction, until he sees a way of turning the situation to his advantage.
Elsa the Snow Queen has an extraordinary gift — the power to create ice and snow. But no matter how happy she is to be surrounded by the people of Arendelle, Elsa finds herself strangely unsettled. After hearing a mysterious voice call out to her, Elsa travels to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond her kingdom — an adventure that soon turns into a journey of self-discovery.
Experience the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. Welcome to the singing and dancing world of “Grease,” the most successful movie musical of all time. A wholesome exchange student (Olivia Newton-John) and a leather-clad Danny (John Travolta) have a summer romance, but will it cross clique lines?
Toy Story 4
Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they’re worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Epic tale in which an intrepid archaeologist tries to beat a band of Nazis to a unique religious relic which is central to their plans for world domination. Battling against a snake phobia and a vengeful ex-girlfriend, Indiana Jones is in constant peril, making hair’s-breadth escapes at every turn in this celebration of the innocent adventure movies of an earlier era.