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The Cary Theater Unveils Holiday Schedule That’s Beyond Ordinary

Post Date:11/06/2018 9:10 AM
  • Nov. 10 – “When I Sing” film screening and live performance from Grammy nominee Linda Chorney.
  • Nov. 29-30 – Burt Reynolds Retrospective of five film favorites that span his career.
  • Nov. 14-15 – “Home Alone” Quote-A-Long and toy drive.
  • Nov. 23-24 – Six String Presents: The Ultimate Johnny Cash Show Tribute with Johnny Folsom 4 & Friends.
  • Dec. 22 – “Elf” Snowball Sock-Throw for charity.

CARY, N.C. (November 6, 2018) – ‘Tis the season for entertaining as The Cary Theater puts a bow on the holidays with entertainment far beyond the ordinary in November and December. The Cary gift-wraps 15 classic Christmas films, with live music and audience-participation events that aim to make the holidays special for families.

“Our holiday schedule features multiple audience participation events that also serve as fundraisers,” said Joy Ennis, operations and program supervisor for The Cary Theater.  “It is a blessing to provide the community with fun ways to get together with family and friends for entertainment in downtown Cary.”

“When I Sing” – Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. This documentary film screening features a Q&A and live performance from Grammy nominee Linda Chorney.

Burt Reynolds Retrospective – Nov. 29-30. A collection of his fabulous performances in the films: “The Last Movie Star,” “Hooper,” “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas,” “Smokey & The Bandit,” and “Boogie Nights.”

“Home Alone” Quote-A-Long – Dec. 14-15 at 7:00 p.m. A special screening of this 1990 classic with subtitles for karaoke-style audience participation. Everyone receives an interactive loot bag with instructions to shout out their favorite lines. Donate a toy for FREE entry. Toys collected will be donated to Eastern North Carolina Toys for Tots, where the Marines and Sailors of Reserve Training Center Stone Bay at Camp Lejeune will distribute them to children affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael. 

 “Elf” Snowball Sock Throw – Dec. 22 at 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. A modern holiday classic and now a Cary family tradition with two events! Bring pairs of new socks to fling during the snowball fight scene. Last year, more than 700 pairs were donated to Dorcas Ministries in response to their biggest request from area shelters.

NOTE from the Grinch: “White Christmas” Sing-A-Long will not take place this year.

The Cary’s sing-a-long screenings have become a local Christmas tradition. Unfortunately, this film’s distributor made a nation-wide agreement with mainstream theaters. This means art house theaters, such as The Cary, are restricted from showing it during November and December. The Cary anticipates its White Christmas Sing-A-Long will return in 2019.

The Cary’s Holiday Film Schedule also includes:

  • “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” with ugly sweater contest, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
  • “The Star,” Dec. 2 at 2:00 p.m.; Dec. 6 at 7:00 p.m.; Dec. 7 at 9:15 p.m.; Dec 13 at 7 p.m.
  • “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” Dec. 6 at 2:00 & 9 p.m.; Dec. 7 at 7:00 p.m.; Dec. 9 at 2:00 p.m.
  • “The Shop Around the Corner,” Dec. 13 at 2:00 p.m.
  • “Gremlins,” Dec. 13 at 9:00 p.m.
  • “Buster & Chauncey’s Silent Night” + “The Nuttiest Nutcracker,” cartoons ‘n cereal double feature, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Dec. 16 at 2:00 p.m.; Dec. 21 at 7:00 p.m.
  • “The Polar Express,” Dec. 23 at 2:00 p.m.
  • “Arthur Christmas,” Dec. 20 at 7:00 p.m.
  • “Miracle On 34th Street,” Dec. 20 at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
  • “Love, Actually,” Dec. 22 at 9:00 p.m.

Beyond the films noted above, there are other documentary and feature film screenings in November and December. Please visit for information on “The Wife,” “Love, Gilda,” “Juliet, Naked” and many others on the schedule.


Six String Presents at The Cary:

Annual Pre-Turkey Day Benefit Jam – November 16 at 8:00 p.m. A pre-holiday hootenanny to raise money for charity. All involved donate their time to raise money for Interfaith Council for Social Services and the Play It Forward Scholarship Fund. Two sets with Jon Shain, F.J. Ventre, with many local musicians performing.

The Ultimate Johnny Cash Show Tribute – November 23-24 at 8:00 p.m. Johnny Folsom 4 serves as house band for two nights of foot stompin’ live entertainment. Each night is unique with special musical guests singing tunes from the original Johnny Cash Show, a television variety show that aired on ABC from 1969 to 1971.

Joe Newberry & April Verch – Dec. 8 at 8:00 p.m.


About The Cary Theater

Located at 122 E. Chatham St., The Cary Theater, lights up downtown with its mission to provide a unique setting for the community to experience art house cinema and live performances that enhance the cultural arts experience in the Town of Cary. Originally constructed in 1946 to serve as the Town’s first indoor movie theater, The Cary was meticulously restored in 2014 to create a vibrant space downtown that offers independent film, live performance comedy and improv, the Six String Presents music series as well as other live events. The Cary is owned by the Town of Cary and operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources.

For the latest schedule, please visit Most film tickets are $5.00 unless otherwise noted and can be purchased online and at the box office.



Joy Ennis, The Cary Supervisor, (919) 462-2054
Lyman Collins, Cultural Arts Manager, (919) 462-3861
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 462-3908

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