Coming Attraction: 1940's Era 'The Cary' Theatre Opens Its Doors Again

Feb 21, 2014

Triangle film and theater enthusiasts will have a new venue to check out starting this weekend. "The Cary" has been getting a facelift over the past year. It officially opens Saturday in downtown Cary. It'll show documentaries, 'indie' films and classic box office hits. 

A rendering of the exterior of 'The Cary' -- the town's newly-renovated entertainment venue.
Credit Town of Cary

Lyman Collins is cultural arts manager for the town of Cary. He says not much of the original 1940's theatre remains...

"We have two seats from the original theatre," Collins explains.  "We have some of the original electrical connections. We even found a piece of film from a 1950's western. We haven't yet found which film it is, but we actually incorporated that into a staircase railing in the the new building addition."

The building went through many incarnations over the decades after the theatre closed. It became a clothing store and later an auto-parts store. Collins says the ultimate idea was to get back to the building's roots.

"We have a big screen and a big sound system to accommodate film. The screen is retractable and we have nice-sized stage to accommodate a wide variety of entertainment. We see local bands performing. We see some improv, theater, play readings, poetry slams. A whole host of things like that," says Collins.

To celebrate the grand opening, free movies will be shown throughout the day - with an evening performance by the Asheville-based jazz band One Leg Up. On Sunday afternoon, the public is invited to a screening of the big-screen classic, Casablanca.

Saturday Schedule:

9:45 a.m. - Ribbon Cutting
10:30 a.m. - Documentary - Waking Sleeping Beauty
1:00 p.m. - Movie - Goodbye Solo
3:30 p.m. - Movie - Finding Nemo
7:30 p.m. - Jazz Band - One Leg Up