Special Series


We are pleased to bring the best of The Royal Opera, under the direction of Antonio Pappano – one of the world’s leading opera companies – to The Cary Theater. Based in the iconic Covent Garden theatre, The Royal Opera is renowned both for its outstanding performances of traditional opera and for commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers, such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Adès.

The 2017 – 2018 season will feature operas that are recorded live from the Royal Opera House in London, England.

Individual ticket prices: $15 / $12 (Cary Film Circle members)

 Featured operas:


Sunday, April 15, 2017 – 2 p.m.

Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone. This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. For Carmen he has devised a far from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.


Senior Afternoons

Whether you are part of the senior set or just have the day off – we’re offering matinees screenings!   Thursdays at 2 pm, we’ll screen our favorite films (and some selected just for you)!  Seniors price is $4.00.

Mar 15 – I, Tonya

Mar 22 – Two Trains Runnin’

Mar 29 – The Disaster Artist

Tickets and information

Rough Cuts Review

Rough Cuts Review is an open screen night for North Carolina filmmakers. The evening is an opportunity for filmmakers to show Rough Cuts of works-in-progress, and to engage in conversation with other local filmmakers and the public about the material.  Joe Partin, Cinema Studies professor, will lead the filmmaker and audience members in a respectful discussion about the work.

We accept 15-20 minute submissions of finished films, works-in-progress, and student films. All genres are welcome. Time permitting, we’ll screen longer works but we can’t guarantee individual screening slots over 20-minutes.

Upcoming screening dates:

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7pm (submissions are due March 13)

Sunday, May 13 2pm-6pm – Final Cut Mini Film Festival (submissions are due by April 13)

Rough Cuts Review – The Final Cut

It’s a Mini Film Festival Featuring the New and Improved Final Cuts

The Cary Theater is launching Rough Cuts Review’s first Final Cut Celebration on Sunday May 13, at 2 p.m. It is a mini film festival featuring the new and improved rough cuts that have been screened and reviewed since the inception of Rough Cuts Review (from May 17, 2016 through March 20, 2018). The festival will be short by comparison: around three hours.  With approximately 25 past RCR participants, we hope to have a variety of content. A jury will select the films to be screened. RCR’s Final Cut will also feature a competition for the Best Final Cut along with a People’s Choice Award. As always, the focus of Rough Cuts Review is to be inclusive of filmmakers of all experience levels and to bring the community together to encourage the works of local and emerging filmmakers in the Triangle.

Each participant will be given:
• two (2) complimentary tickets for guests (All other tickets will be sold for $5.00 + tax).
• opportunity for a Jury Award & a People’s Choice (audience) Award

Jury Award and the People’s Choice Award

Festival winners in each category will be determined by the Jury. The selected participants will be notified via email and the Best Final Cut will be announced at the festival, while the People’s Choice Award will be announced on The Cary Theater website shortly after the festival.

Rules & Terms

RCR’s Final Cut:

• Each Final Cut may be no more than 20 minutes in length.
• Reserves the right to refuse films depicting excessive nudity and/or gore.
• Holds no responsibility for lost films
• Does not pay screening fees
• Does not accept DVD’s
• Stipulates that the filmmaker is responsible for clearing all rights to the content of the film
• Will be granted the right (by the filmmaker/applicant) to use excerpts from the film including audio, video, names and images to promote the festival
• Will contact all filmmakers with acceptance or non-acceptance information
•All entries must be accompanied by a brief synopsis and/or artist statement.

To participate please complete the form below.

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