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Welcome to the Sunrise Theater!

The Sunrise Theater is one of the pre-eminent entertainment venues in North Carolina. Born as a hardware store in 1898, it morphed into a movie theater in the 1940s. In more recent years it has become a performing arts center, offering multiple arts and Entertainment events for the Sandhills of North Carolina.

sunflix logoSunFlix are The Sunrise Theater’s movie events. As one of the most cordial environments in the state, The Sunrise Theater regularly runs full length, first-run, independent movies. First quality films ranging from classic to modern to art nouveau, from romance to drama to action are shown at prices much less than at other theaters. Check our Calendar to find out what’s playing.

sunflix-classics-sm Sunflix-Classic Movies is a summer feature sponsored by your local vendors. Every Wednesday the Sunrise Theater will be showing classic movies. For a listing of those movies and the sponsors who have graciously contributed to our Community's viewing enjoyment, check out the Classic Movie page.

sunrisemet1Met Opera: Live In HD - Sunrise Theater hosts simulcasts live of the Metropolitan Opera from New York's Lincoln Center. Coupled with a world class sound system, you’ll feel like you have a front row seat at these events. Enjoy Mozart, Verdi, Wagner and fabulous operas from downtown Southern Pines.

suneventsSunEvents are the live musical concerts and community events hosted at Sunrise. Raise The Roof, A Night of Bluegrass, Blues Crawl, First Friday and special concerts series planned throughout the year all fall under the SunEvents umbrella. SunEvents strive to provide outstanding performances to enrich and enliven our community. Proceeds from these entertaining shows benefit Sunrise Theater's various fundraising efforts.

blues-crawl-pageThe Annual Blues Crawl is one of our crowning SunEvents. The Sunrise Theater is the center of this "pub-crawl" inspired event that includes a variety of "juke-joint" venues and artists scattered throughout downtown Southern Pines - all within walking distance of The Sunrise. With an all-access wristband sold by Sunrise Theater, participants can sample different Blues musical styles, while enjoying the libations and food of the unique restaurants, wine cellars, and pubs each hosting different bands. Blues Crawl happens the second Saturday of July.

first-fridayAnother popular SunEvent event is the First Friday summer concert series, free concerts held on the Sunrise Preservation Greenspace May through October each year. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a great evening of music that proves to be fun for all ages. Each year's musical lineup is better than the last so you don't want to miss the show. Like all Sunrise events, we serve wine, local beers and other goodies.

sun-stage-logoSunStage, after a hugely successful run of Neil Simon’s Rumors, is now the official community theater division of the Sunrise Theater.  SunStage will present two comedies for their first season, one in November 2013 and another in May 2014.   See the Sunrise calendar for more information.

These are just a sampling of the entertainment available at the Sunrise Theater. Contact us for a complete listing of events or for sponsorship information.

Whether a guest, volunteer or patron, everyone is welcome at Sunrise Theater. Join us in celebrating the arts and culture in our community. See you at the Sunrise


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