Want to get out? Try an outdoor movie, showing all over Wilmington

Outdoor movies are planned this fall at Frawley Stadium, the Delaware Art Museum and various Wilmington parks.

Each series offers a different feeling: franchise films at Frawley, art-house classics at the art museum and family-friendly fare at the parks.

Here’s what you need to know, besides the need to keep on those masks and keep socially distant.


Movie Nights at Frawley Stadium

A high-definition LED display will be on the infield, and tickets will be limited to allow for social distancing in the stands of the stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington. Gates open at 6 p.m., with showtime at 7.

All tickets must be purchased with credit or debit cards. Tickets include popcorn and water. Concession stands won’t be open.

Those with tickets for the postponed Aug. 28-29 shows need to exchange their tickets at [email protected]


The lineup:

Sept. 24: “Captain America: Civil War,” 2016 PG-13 superhero film. $12.
Sept. 25: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” 2001 PG adaptation of the first book. $12.
Sept. 26: “The Rise of Skywalker,” 2019 PG-13 episode IX in the Star Wars series. $16, including a limited edition Blue Rocks Star Wars beanie.


DelArt Cinema Drive-in Movies

The movies take place every other Thursday through Oct. 29 at the sculpture garden at the museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, with rain dates the next evening.

Admission, by advanced purchase only, is $19 per person and includes popcorn and soda or water. There’s a discount for museum members, and other refreshments can be bought.

Gates open at 7:45 p.m., and the drive-in screenings start about 8:30. Restrooms inside the museum will be available.


The lineup:

Sept. 17: “The Maltese Falcon,” 1941 unrated film noir classic and one of the American Film Institute’s 100 greatest movies.
Oct. 1: “The Birdcage,” 1996 R-rated comedy starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.
Oct. 15: “North by Northwest,” 1959 unrated Alfred Hitchcock thriller and another on the AFI list.
Oct. 29: “Frankenstein,” 1931 PG horror classic and another on the AFI list.


Movie Series in City Parks

The city Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with West Side Grows and Central Baptist Community Development Corp., for the free series, supported by a $5,000 donation from M&T Bank.

The city has been suspending permits for public events and is calling this a “pilot” program that will be “heavily supervised” to ensure social distancing and other aspects of safety. Showtime is at 7 p.m.

Sept. 10: “Jurassic Park,” 1993 PG-13 dinosaur classic. Cool Spring Park, 10th and Van Buren streets, with a Sept. 11 rain date.
Sept. 11: Film to be announced, Holloway Park, Seventh and Lombard streets, with a Sept. 12 rain date.
Sept. 18: “The Longshots,” 2008 PG-13 biography of young athlete Jasmine Plummer. Connell Street Park, Third and Connell streets, with a Sept. 25 rain date.
Sept. 23: “Aladdin,” 2019 PG live-action Disney musical. Father Tucker Park, Ninth and Scott streets, with a Sept. 30 rain date.

Sept. 24: “Moana,” 2016 PG animated Disney film. Cool Spring Park, with a Sept. 25 rain date.
Sept. 25: Film to be announced, Brown, Burton Winchester (Prices Run) Park, 26th and Locust Streets, with a Sept. 26 rain date.
Oct. 2: Film to be announced, Clifford Brown Garden, 1500 Clifford Brown Walk, with an Oct. 3 rain date.
Oct. 8: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” 2019 PG biography of Mr. Rogers. Cool Spring Park, with an Oct. 9 rain date.
Oct. 22: “Harriet,” 2019 PG-13 Harriet Tubman biography. Cool Spring Park, with an Oct. 23 rain date.

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Ken Mammarella

Ken Mammarella is a freelance writer who lives in Wilmington.