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Downtown Raleigh’s outdoor summer movie series, Cinema in the Square, returns with a new lineup

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Lauren Barnett

Director of Marketing and Communications, DRA | (919) 821-6876

Downtown Raleigh’s outdoor summer movie series, Cinema in the Square, returns with a new lineup

RALEIGH, NC (July 1, 2022) – On select Thursdays in July and August Downtown Raleigh Alliance is hosting free outdoor movies at Moore Square for Cinema in the Square. Thematic pre-show entertainment starts at 7 p.m. before a full-length screening outside under the stars starting at dusk at approximately 8:30 p.m. The series is free and open to the public, and food, wine, and beer will be available for purchase on-site.


  • July 14 – The Lion King – G (1994)
  • July 28 – Black Panther – PG-13
  • Aug. 11 – Ghostbuster: Afterlife – PG-13
  • Aug. 25 – Shrek – PG

Themed pre-show entertainment:

  • The Lion King, July 14 – Live African drumming performances, lion mask craft, and African music
  • Black Panther, July 28 – Marvel trivia and costume contest for all ages with prizes and face painting
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Aug. 11 – Raleigh’s Ghost history presentation and make your own slime
  • Shrek, Aug. 25 – Hero’s & Dragons Scavenger Hunt and DIY Dragon Eggs

Food and Drink

  • Food Trucks - (check the Moore Square Calendar for updates on which trucks will be available onsite).
  • Beer and wine is available at Square Burger.

Cinema in the Square is co-produced by Downtown Raleigh Alliance and Raleigh Parks and is part of an effort to increase the offering of week night activities in the Downtown community.

To stay in the loop about Cinema in the Square, including rain plans, follow Downtown Raleigh Alliance on Instagram at @downtownraleighalliance.

About Downtown Raleigh Alliance

DRA’s mission is: Advancing the vitality of Downtown Raleigh for everyone. The DRA facilitates this mission through five goals: 1) Building a culture of authentic engagement and inclusion with Downtown’s diverse community; 2) Fostering a thriving and diverse storefront economy; 3) Facilitating strategic partnerships to produce positive, balanced activations across Downtown; 4) Improving physical connectivity and accessibility within and around Downtown; 5) Positioning the DRA as reliable, responsive, representative, and mission-directed.