Sunrise Theater

250 NW Broad Street,
Southern Pines, NC 28387

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 26, 2010 at 7:32 am

Boxoffice of September 27, 1941, said the new Sunrise Theatre at Southern Pines had been opened the previous week. This item says the first operator of the house was W. P. Benner, who had theaters at Carthage and Hemp. Everett and Stewart are first mentioned in connection with the Sunrise in Boxoffice of December 2, 1944, in an item saying they would take over the house on Decmeber 3.

PatriciaCarol on June 25, 2010 at 11:37 pm

A newspaper article appeared in “The Sandhill Citizen” (Aberdeen, NC) on Wednesday, July 23, 1980 (page 3). Headline: Bob Dutton, Theater Man of the Sandhills. Per the article, Dutton had been with the theatre for 40 years, “…started to work with the Sunrise in 1940 has been the theater’s only manager since the theater was built, and is also manager of the Town & Country Cinema in Aberdeen.” So this indicates the Sunrise opened in 1940. Dutton remembered how the cost of a ticket was 9 cents during WWII because of the war tax on tickets over a dime, so most operators kept their admissions at 9 cents.

kencmcintyre on August 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm

Here is another view of the Sunrise: