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21 Days to Play – Carolina Theatre of Durham

Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about making time to play, at local sports facilities, live music venues, indie movie theaters and fun places and spaces all around the Triangle.

Carolina Theatre Sign Full Frame 2012

 The Carolina Theatre of Durham holds a very special place in the heart of Durham (and in my heart too). Its history is long and storied and significant. You can learn more about that history, that started in 1923, in the special exhibit found inside the theater lobby. I learned that THE Katherine Hepburn once took the stage at the theater in the classic play The Philadelphia Story. In the mid 70s the theater’s fate was a little uncertain, but thanks to a placement on the National Register of Historic Places and a multi-million dollar bond in the mid 80s the theater was restored. Since then, live performances and films have drawn millions to the theater for entertainment and enlightenment.

Any given week one can find something of interest to see at the Carolina Theatre: live music performances, comedy acts and independent films…lots of film. This theater is one of my favorites for its special series, like Retro Film, Nevermore and Escapism. It’s also the center of the annual Full Frame Film Festival and NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. 

Most recently the theater was invited to host an exclusive new film screening series of independent films for one advance show before they’re released nationwide. Each month, The New York Film Critics Series premieres one new independent film (like American Hustle and Chef). Following each screening is a broadcast high definition interview with the directors and actors, live from New York City, which makes the event all the more special. If you’ve not yet attended one of the NY Film Critics Series, keep an eye on future announcements and grab those tickets as soon as they’re available.

While on the topic of film, this Saturday (July 12) is Fan Appreciation Day with free movies and popcorn – Yay FREE! Special showings include The Secret of Nihm, Clue and The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. The shows start at 2 pm and you can find more information here. So get on over to see a show, maybe a free one and show your appreciation for this historic cultural centerpiece of downtown Durham.

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