The Curtain Rises

Mark your calendar for free fun next weekend at The Cary, as downtown debuts this renovated World War II-era theater, celebrating a major boost to the local arts scene.

Following more than a year of restoration work, the marquee will light up for grand opening festivities at The Cary Feb. 22-23, including free movies and live entertainment.

On Saturday, Feb. 22 the fun kicks off with a “celluloid cutting” ceremony at 9:45 a.m., followed by movie screenings throughout the day as follows:

Waking Sleeping Beauty, 10:30 a.m.

Goodbye Solo, 12:30 p.m., and

Finding Nemo, 3 p.m.

Following the films will be a live performance by Asheville jazz quintet One Leg Up at 7:30 p.m., to cap off opening night.

On Sunday, Feb. 23, come out to enjoy a special screening of Casablanca; the film was originally released in the 1940s, around the time The Cary first opened.

Over the years, the theater property has been home to not only the town's first indoor movie theater, but a clothing store, auto parts store and recording studio.

Today, The Cary is planned for use as a multi-cultural facility with offerings such as independent films, music, and live performances including comedy and youth theater.

Serving as theater and events supervisor for The Cary is Joy Ennis, formerly the town’s festivals coordinator. Ennis notes that while all of The Cary’s grand opening events are free, seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Stay tuned to Cary Magazine for photos from The Cary’s grand opening!

The Cary

122 E. Chatham St., Cary

(919) 469-4061(919) 469-4061(919) 469-4061(919) 469-4061

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