The Cary


The Cary Theater

The Cary Theater122 E. Chatham St.

Built in 1946, The Cary property was once home to the town's first indoor movie theater, which hosted live performances as well as films. The property was also used as a clothing store, auto parts store and recording studio. Now the marquee lights up Downtown Cary with the mission of providing a unique setting for cinema and live performance to enhance the cultural arts experience in Downtown Cary.

The Cary offers independent films, music, and live performance including comedy and improv!

175-seat theater
Lighted marquee
Concession stand



Thursday, August 21 - The Cary Welcomes the Full Frame Roadshow!

Full Frame Roadshow presents Bronx Obama

Thursday, August 21 | 7 p.m.
Rating: NR

In 2008, Louis Ortiz, a middle-aged single father from the Bronx, was struggling to make ends meet. Then he walked into a bar, and everything changed. Someone thrust a newspaper into his hands, and there on the front page of the New York Daily News was a man with big ears—a presidential contender—to whom Ortiz bore an uncanny resemblance. At the urging of the bartender, a business-minded one-time movie extra, Ortiz went home and shaved off his goatee. When he looked in the mirror, he no longer saw an unemployed Puerto Rican man—he saw dollar signs. This story of a Barack Obama impersonator’s dogged attempt to cash in on a “look of a lifetime” is at once hilarious and heartfelt. As his identity and values increasingly come under fire by his hard-pushing manager, Ortiz must decide just how much he’s willing to sacrifice to pursue the American Dream.

For tickets to this movie visit: Full Frame Roadshow

Friday, August 22 
Jim McCann Jazz Quartet

8pm. FREE

Enjoy the excitement of the Festival Set-up and enjoy some amazing jazz at the same time! You'll need to park outside the Festival site and walk over (parking is close by and easy to find. Check on The Cary's website for parking).

Saturday, August 23 

Celebrating Lazy Daze @The Cary!

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Animation 

Saturday, August 23 | 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Collective screening of the Academy Award nominated short films from the Animation category for 2014.

Cary Youth Video Project Film Premiere

Saturday, August 23 | 1 p.m.

The Cary Youth Video Project is an award-winning summer course in documentary film making for teens. The premiere will feature original documentaries that explore various topics in and around the Triangle. The young filmmakers will be present to talk about their films and answer questions. 

Films this year include:
Fresh Frenzy (about farmers markets and the buy local movement)

Movie Magic (about special effects in filmmaking)
Extreme Couponing (about the phenomenon of saving big by clipping coupons)
Shaking Up the Triangle (about locally-owned milkshake shops)

Sunday, August 24 

What Just Happened?

Sunday, August 24 | 2 p.m.
Rated: R

Two weeks in the life of a fading Hollywood producer who's having a rough time trying to get his new picture made.

“A week in the life of Ben, a powerful Hollywood producer, as he juggles negotiations with a studio head so that his newest picture can open at Cannes in two weeks, with a high-strung director who must make edits to the film, with an actor and his agent because the star has arrived on the set of a new picture with a full beard, and with his most recent ex-wife, Kelly, whom he discovers may have a lover. He also notices that his 17-year old daughter, from another marriage, has probably been crying. What's up? Can Ben keep it all together, get the green light from the studio to go to Cannes, move his new picture past the beard crisis, and maybe return to Kelly's good graces?” (credit: <>)


View a listing of upcoming events at The Cary or read descriptions of film, music and other events scheduled.

Hours of Operation:
The Cary opens one (1) hour prior to each event. The Cary is closed on all official Town holidays.

Volunteer at the The Cary

The Cary is accepting applications for its volunteer ushers group. Please fill out the volunteer application and return to the Downtown Theater and Events Supervisor / The Cary / PO Box 8005, Cary, NC 27512.

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The Cary Theater | 122 E. Chatham Street | Cary, NC 27511 | (919) 462-2051