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21 Days to Play – Chapel Hill’s Chelsea Theater

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.


Every town needs an arthouse cinema for diversity’s sake alone, and perhaps as a refuge from mobs at the multiplex. The Chelsea Theater is Chapel Hill’s answer to that need. Located in Timberlyne Shopping Center off Weaver Dairy Road, the theater has been around for almost 24 years, serving fresh films and popcorn to a hungry public. 

Over those twenty plus years the theater’s been witness to quite a bit of change, increasing from two screens to three and most recently converting to a digital format, no small feat for an independent theater these days. The investment in new technology pays off for film fans in the improved picture and sound, as well as continued access to first run films you may not find in any other venue. With fewer new releases available in a 35mm format, the smaller movie theaters were becoming an endangered species as distribution of digital film expanded.

Of course part of the movie-going experience is found at the concession counter. You’ll find many of your favorite candies and snacks at the Chelsea’s concessions, along with a beer and wine selection. For the coffee fans out there, you’ll find Joe Van Gogh right next door, real convenient like. One important tidbit of information: you’ll need to bring cash for the movie and for the concession (your credit/debit cards won’t work here). Or you could invest in a gift certificate, for yourself or a friend. 

In case you need an excuse to catch a film at The Chelsea, one of the most buzzed about films of the year “Boyhood” opens on two screens this Friday, August 1st. So grab your friends (and some cash) and go OUT to see a movie this week!

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