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 on December 2, 2012 at 5:30 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 on December 2, 2012 at 5:53 am

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

raysson on December 4, 2012 at 6:09 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 on November 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm

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

oldrvah on February 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm

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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