Cary Theater

122 E. Chatham Street,
Cary, NC 27511

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Cary Theater

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The Cary Theater was the city’s first indoor motion picture theater and appears to have opened sometime in the 1940’s. After its closing as a movie theater, it was used as a clothing store, as a recording studio, and as an auto parts store.

The City of Cary incorporated the former theater into a new community arts center, with new construction immediately adjacent to and also within the theater. The new facility, which serves a variety of cultural and performing arts functions,has flexible seating, a balcony, and projection facilities. A new marquee is of a design reflective of the era of the original theater’s construction. It was reopened February 14, 2014.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 2, 2012 at 12:30 am

This webpage describes the plans for the new Cary arts complex, including an architectural drawing of the new facility showing the former Cary Theater as the right-hand part of the building. There is also a photo of the building when it was an auto parts store. There is also this drawing of what the new marquee might look like.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 2, 2012 at 12:53 am

A video about the construction project that includes some historical photos of the Cary Theater can be seen here.

raysson
raysson on December 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

According to one of the articles about the Cary Theater from the December 2,2012 edition of the Raleigh Sunday News and Observer:

It states that the Cary Theater opened somewhere around 1941 and closed in 1960 when the theater was converted into a clothing store and later on an Auto Parts store.

oldrvah
oldrvah on November 6, 2013 at 11:37 am

Added two additional pictures I took on 1 November. Slow but steady progress being made on the renovation.

oldrvah
oldrvah on February 1, 2014 at 8:50 am

I have added photos to this site since around July 2013. The latest are various photos from the theatres use as a retail business other than a theatre. Also included are some photos I mentioned having taken in Nov 2013. As of this posting, the Visual Art Cen is due to open in march.

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