Virtual Cinema – Frequently Asked Questions

You might have a few questions about The Cary’s newest initiative, our Virtual Cinema program. We’ve created a list of frequently asked questions and will update them periodically. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions and program feedback!

What is virtual cinema?

Virtual cinema is a video-on-demand streaming service facilitated by independent film distributors and art-house theaters to release new films and share profits. Under the service, part of the admission price supports a physically located theater.

How can I watch?

Film and other streaming events can be viewed through various means including:

  • Computer, a television, or a streaming device (iPad, tablet, or phone).
  • Computer or streaming device to the TV using an HDMI cable.

Some film distributors provide specific viewing apps for Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. Once you select a film, FAQs and instructions on using specific apps can be found under the HELP command on the distributor’s film viewing page, at the time of purchase. 

What’s the cost?

Ticket prices for virtual cinema are set by the distributors of the films. A portion of the ticket cost is shared with The Cary Theater.  Prices range from around $10 to $12.

Discounts (including Cary Film Circle) and passes are not applicable for virtual cinema screenings.

What type of films will be offered?

The Cary Theater will be curating art house films of various genres currently being offered by film distributors participating in the virtual cinema format. You can expect to see a mix of narrative films and documentaries on a wide range of topics.

How long will a film be available to view?

Films in the virtual cinema program will be available to view for several weeks. New films will be added for viewing as they become available from the distributor. Once you begin viewing, you will have a minimum of 24 hours (or more) to finish watching depending upon the virtual platform’s criteria.  Each film selection will have different viewing terms (i.e. 3 days, 5 days, 72 hours, etc.) and this information is provided at the time of purchase. 

How can I watch the film?

You can watch on your computer, phone, or most tablets. Some distributors are also providing specific viewing apps for home screening on your TV.  Answers to questions and instructions on using specific apps can usually be found under the Help command on the films viewing page.  



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