Reimagining Future Happenings

Phase 2 Continues

Who knew back in March that our theater would remain dark well into the summer? Even so, we’re keeping a positive outlook and diligently working from our coffee tables, porches, and back patios to “reimagine” the live theater and movie-going experience with safety and social distancing measures in mind. While we don’t know when we can reopen, we are crafting the safest possible plan to welcome back patrons, staff, artists, and volunteers. Whenever public health officials give us the green light…we’ll be ready.

Help Spread the Word:

Calling All High School Seniors in Cary

I think we all agree that high school graduations were greatly missed this year. As this year’s senior classes missed out on opportunities to be publicly recognized for their accomplishments, the Town of Cary has stepped in to help. Throughout the month of July, larger than life student photos will be projected onto the exterior walls of the Cary Arts Center. The photo showcase will be displayed from 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. on the front of the Cary Arts Center following the schedule below.

For our part in this celebration, The Cary Theater will display a message of congratulations on our marquee all day in accordance with the same schedule:

  • Middle Creek High School: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – Sunday, July 12, 2020
  • Cary High School: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – Sunday, July 19, 2020
  • Panther Creek High School: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 – Sunday, July 26, 2020
  • Green Hope High School: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – Sunday, August 2, 2020
  • Cary Seniors from Other High Schools: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 – Sunday, August 9, 2020

Click the link for information on how to submit your photo and participate. The deadline is tomorrow, June 30 by midnight!

Reimagining Film Festivals Through Uncertain Times

We’ve been following the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and others, in an effort to figure out how to move our film festival forward, with the support of public health officials.

Read the complete article about TIFF on IndieWire.

This year’s TIFF, is set to take place September 10 – 19, 2020. This 10 day celebration will exist as a hybrid exhibition offering both a limited physical festival and an online experience. The lineup will be dramatically reduced from previous editions, with 50 new feature films (as opposed to the more usual, 300) and five short film programs. For those unable to travel to Toronto for the festival, TIFF will launch its very first digital platform to host digital screenings, as well as numerous talks and special events.

Over its first five days, TIFF’s full slate of films will premiere in Toronto as physical, socially-distanced screenings. The festival is also programming drive-ins and other “outdoor experiences” for its physical visitors. TIFF’s organizers are working closely with the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, and public health officials on logistics.

Here at The Cary Theater, we’re tossing around ideas about a similar hybrid experience–combining limited physical screenings and drive-ins, digital screenings, virtual workshops and industry chats. Nothing has been decided yet. But we will keep you posted.

Movie Trivia!


Question: This pre-code film is notable as a ‘first’ in cinema. The lead’s supernatural voodoo fuels its dark mood. Name the film, lead actor, and his evil character’s name?


White Zombie, Bela Lugosi as Murder Legendre

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Question: One was a silent film that won Best Picture. The other was the first with sound to do the same. Name both Oscar-winning films.


“Wings” was the silent to win in 1927-’28 and “The Broadway Melody” was the first with sound in 1929.


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All winners receive 4 free movie admission coupons once we reopen. Contact Connie at with your contact information to claim your prize.

ScreenCrush Reviews: The King of Staten Island

SNL star, Pete Davidson plays a 24-year-old stoner with no prospects, a bad attitude, and vague aspirations of maybe becoming a tattoo artist. The film is Davidson’s heavily autobiographical story about a guy who grew up fatherless in the outer boroughs of New York City after his firefighter father died on the job. Click ScreenCrush for more!

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