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The Cary Theater Ushers in 2017 With Something for Everyone

Post Date:01/03/2017 3:52 PM
CARY, NC – January ushers in a new year and another great month of entertainment at The Cary Theater. Highlights include the launch of another Frame-by-Frame film studies series, a tribute to civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., a look into the Beatles on tour, and the sweet sounds of Six String Presents, The Cary has something to offer everyone in January.
“2016 was a terrific year for The Cary,” said Joy Ennis, operations and program supervisor for The Cary Theater. “We made great strides with an attractive programming schedule that engaged diverse audiences. We expect 2017 to be another banner year in establishing The Cary as a favorite art house destination downtown.”
Frame-by-Frame Film Studies Series

The Focus of January’s Frame-by-Frame series is Better at the Movies. Participants will study films from well-known (“Reservoir Dogs”) to more obscure (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”), and discuss why they are best experienced in a theater setting. Frame-by-Frame is the Cary Theater’s original cinema studies series, created for the cinephile who wants to better understand the art of filmmaking and various techniques used. The Modern School of Film’s Robert Milazzo leads in-depth, active deconstruction and group discussions of films of substantial significance. January’s Frame-by-Frame schedule:
• “The Diving Bell and The Butterfly” – January 3 – 7 p.m.
• “Reservoir Dogs” – January. 10 – 7 p.m.
• “Certified Copy” – January 24 – 7 p.m.
• “The Babadook” – January 31 – 7 p.m.

Southern Documentary Fund 
The Cary Theater is excited to partner with the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF) to screen some of the best documentaries made in the South or by Southern filmmakers, many local to the Triangle. The first of these collaborations will be on January 26 and the title to be screened will be announced in early January.  The SDF is a nonprofit arts organization that cultivates documentary projects made in or about the American South. Inspired by the belief that documentaries have the power to change lives and communities, SDF serves as a leading advocate for powerful southern storytelling, providing filmmakers and artists with professional support, filmmaking grants, and fiscal sponsorship.

Film Day Fun Day
Film Day Fun Day is a fun, interactive film experience that allows children and their parents to enjoy movies in ways that connect with them. Expect talking, laughing and playing during the film, and children are welcome to bring their favorite quiet-time toys. Children and parents are invited to enjoy two Film Day-Fun Day screenings in January: “Rio” on Jan. 10 and “Dr. Doolittle” on January 24. Tickets are $1 and films start at 10 a.m.

Indies, Foreign Films and Documentaries 
In January, The Cary continues to offer programming with the film lover in mind. In addition to Frame-by-Frame film studies, this month includes independent, foreign documentaries such as “Harry and Snowman” on Jan. 5 at 2:00 p.m. The film chronicles the story of Dutch immigrant Harry de Leyer who traveled to the U.S. after World War II where he rescued a horse, Snowman, from the slaughterhouse. The duo went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, to the shock of blue bloods who ruled the sport. 

Also screening in January, the critically acclaimed “Moonlight.” Described as “A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery,” this coming-of-age film is set in Miami during the war on drugs era as a young man struggles to find his place in the world. Nominated for numerous Golden Globe awards, Moonlight was named a top ten film by the American Film Institute. The Cary’s schedule of documentaries, indies and foreign films in January includes:
• “Harry and Snowman” – January 5 – 2p.m. (Seniors Afternoon) and 7 p.m., January 6 – 9:15 p.m., January 7 – 7 p.m.
• “The Lovers and The Despot” – January 5 – 9 p.m., January 6 – 7 p.m., January 7 – 9 p.m.
• “Notes on Blindness” – January 8 – 2 p.m., January 12 – 7 p.m., January 19 – 2 p.m. (Seniors Afternoon)
• “The Beatles Eight Days a Week – Touring Years” – Jan. 12 – 9 p.m., January 19 – 9:30 p.m., January. 20 – 7 p.m.
• “Moonlight” – January 19 – 7 p.m., January 20 – 9:30 p.m., January 22 – 2 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute
The Cary is honored to pay tribute to the iconic Martin Luther King, Jr. on the weekend prior to MLK Day. Dreamfest: Poetry Fest will take place at The Cary on January 14 at 7 p.m. Area poets are invited to participate through poetry, in the tradition of the civil rights movement and Dr. King’s call to writers to bear witness to social injustice. The event will be moderated by poet and cultural historian Darrell Stover including musical performances by Dr. James Longmire and Darius Stover. Tickets are free and available at the door.  

The tribute to MLK’s legacy continues with a screening of “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” on January 15 at 2 p.m. With remarkable access, this is the first film made about the incomparable Maya Angelou and presents her incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life. For more on all the other DREAMFEST events visit  and search “DREAMFEST” 

Star Trek Fans, Live Long and Prosper
There aren’t many series and characters as iconic as “Star Trek” and Spock. The Cary pays tribute to both in January with the critically acclaimed documentary, “For the Love of Spock” (January 27 and 28 at 7 p.m., and January 29 at 2 p.m.) and the feature films, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (January 27 at 9:30 p.m.) and “Star Trek: First Contact” (January 28 at 9:30 p.m.). Directed by Adam Nimoy, son of Spock portrayer Leonard Nimoy, “For the Love of Spock” takes an intimate look at the life of the man who created one of the most recognized characters in entertainment history. 

Six String Presents
In January, the Six String Presents series at The Cary brings The Taters on January 21 at 8 p.m. The Taters have a sound described as: “Country roots-pop with the genius songwriting of 60’s & 70’s power-pop. A curious mix of Mavericks, Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and Beatles.” Also appearing Jan. 21, Russ Varnell & His Too Country Band for a double-bill that’s sure to entertain and start 2017 on the right note. Tickets range from $15-$25.

Comedy at The Cary
Laughs continue at The Cary with Caleb Synan on January 13 at 8 p.m. Among Atlanta’s most popular comedians, Synan has appeared on CONAN, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and The BOB & TOM Show. His deceptively smart blend of Southern charm and razor sharp wit has also made him a festival favorite, with appearances at Montreal’s Just For Laughs, Laugh Your Asheville Off, The Charleston Comedy Festival, and Athfest Music & Arts Festival. Tickets are $13-$15. 

About The Cary Theater
The Cary Theater, located at 122 E. Chatham St. in downtown Cary, 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 music 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

Film tickets are $5 ($3 for Film Circle members) unless otherwise noted and can be purchased online and at The Cary Theater 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) 380-4240 

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