Distinguished as one of the older buildings in Cary, the Cary Theater is an attraction for residents and visitors alike that is not to be missed. The Cary Theater has all that a person could ask for from a theater, from independent films on the big screen, to live music played from all genres of bands. The theater even still have live-action plays on occasion, which makes it a diverse venue and a great destination for Cary residents and visitors who are looking for a little entertainment that’s close to home.
History of the Cary Theater
Built in 1946, the building where the Cary Theater is located was not always intended for its present-day theater use. The site was instead what we would consider today as a small shopping center, hosting an auto parts store, a clothing store, and a recording studio along with the theater itself. After many years of use, the building was eventually abandoned due to a lack of business. Then in July 2011, the Town of Cary purchased the 7,000 square foot property as part of an effort to redevelop and revitalize the city. It was renovated and expanded over a period of 13 months, eventually being converted into a multi-use cultural center, with a focus on digital arts, amateur theater, and music. The renovated theater finally opened to the public in the February of 2014.
How to Reach the Cary Theater
Only a short 10 minute drive from I-40, The Cary Theater is located at 122 East Chatham Street, near the intersection of Academy and Chatham streets. There is a limited number of parking spaces available behind the theater, but there are also on-street parking spaces and parking lots nearby. The Cary Theater features accommodations for all theater patrons, including sign language interpretation (they ask that this be requested 30 days before the event).
A relatively new attraction with a big history, the Cary Theater has become a favorite go-to destination for a little local arts and culture. Take in a love play, a movie, or any of the unique offerings the theater has to offer, and discover how unique and vibrant the Cary arts scene can be.