The Carolina Theatre

★★★★☆
  • 309 W Morgan St

    Durham, NC 27701

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  • 919-560-3030

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Sat-Sun 2pm-10pm, Mon-Fri 10am-10pm

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The Carolina is the only place in durham to catch anything outside the top blockbusters. The film prints are always well cared for, the theatres are clean and comfortable, and as an added bonus buy a beer or a glass of wine. If only the cinema had more screens! They don't get enough of the art house, documentaries, or indy films in that a true film lover craves.

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★★★★☆

The Carolina is the only place in durham to catch anything outside the top blockbusters. The film prints are always well cared for, the theatres are clean and comfortable, and as an added bonus buy a beer or a glass of wine. If only the cinema had more screens! They don't get enough of the art house, documentaries, or indy films in that a true film lover craves.

Pros: only place to go!

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Every year, I lose my husband to the horror film festival held at the Carolina Theater. He trots off with friends to see films old and new, foreign, weird, or just plain scary. In turn, my husband knows he'll lose me a few times a year to that odd independent film that strikes my interest. I'm always struck as I walk up the long staircase by the presence the building has. This place has a real movie feel to it, unlike the bland featurelessness or flashy glitz of the local multiplex. A bunch of my friends and I saw "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," at the Carolina Theater a number of years ago. We even got to sit on the balcony (fun for me, not so much fun for the guy who forgot his glasses). There were some drawbacks to the sound and film quality, but the whole experience was both enjoyable and memorable!

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★★★★☆

Every year, I lose my husband to the horror film festival held at the Carolina Theater. He trots off with friends to see films old and new, foreign, weird, or just plain scary. In turn, my husband knows he'll lose me a few times a year to that odd independent film that strikes my interest. I'm always struck as I walk up the long staircase by the presence the building has. This place has a real movie feel to it, unlike the bland featurelessness or flashy glitz of the local multiplex. A bunch of my friends and I saw "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," at the Carolina Theater a number of years ago. We even got to sit on the balcony (fun for me, not so much fun for the guy who forgot his glasses). There were some drawbacks to the sound and film quality, but the whole experience was both enjoyable and memorable!

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This local theater has an old-school feeling to it. The beautiful historic building seems like a place that you see in movies. The movies shown here are usually not always the big blockbusters. But the less seen indies and such. I just love seeing movies here, for I feel like I am stepping back in time every time I come here!

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★★★★☆

This local theater has an old-school feeling to it. The beautiful historic building seems like a place that you see in movies. The movies shown here are usually not always the big blockbusters. But the less seen indies and such. I just love seeing movies here, for I feel like I am stepping back in time every time I come here!

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As a theater, Carolina Theater fails miserably. The whole point of a theater is to view entertainment. If you can't see the entertainment, the whole experience is ruined. The entire time I was there, I could not see between 1/4 and 1/3 of the screen due to the person in front of me blocking my view. My friend could not see between 40-50% of the screen due to the person in front of him blocking his view. The seats were extremely uncomfortable.

However, the sound was great, and the theater staff were very friendly. The problem rests solely on the seating and, due to that, I will never go to another event at this theater again. It was very disappointing.

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★★☆☆☆

As a theater, Carolina Theater fails miserably. The whole point of a theater is to view entertainment. If you can't see the entertainment, the whole experience is ruined. The entire time I was there, I could not see between 1/4 and 1/3 of the screen due to the person in front of me blocking my view. My friend could not see between 40-50% of the screen due to the person in front of him blocking his view. The seats were extremely uncomfortable.

However, the sound was great, and the theater staff were very friendly. The problem rests solely on the seating and, due to that, I will never go to another event at this theater again. It was very disappointing.

Pros: Nice staff, good sound

Cons: Seating, Seating, Seating

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Break free from the worthless crap being fed to you by the suits in the movie industry. Great selection of films. Reasonably priced concessions. Beer and Wine available. Finish a romantic evening near the water fountain in the courtyard.

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★★★★★

Break free from the worthless crap being fed to you by the suits in the movie industry. Great selection of films. Reasonably priced concessions. Beer and Wine available. Finish a romantic evening near the water fountain in the courtyard.

Pros: Beer and Wine, Butter yr own popcorn, Great atmosphere

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Can one theatre dominate an entire state in terms of film festivals? Looks like the Carolina Theatre stands on the shoulders of even the best of 'em, bar none. Gay and Lesbian, Jewish, Horror, Fantasy, retrospectives. And tons of EXCLUSIVE and PREMIERE films. Yes, this is as close as it gets in NC to feel like you're in New York City or Los Angeles! The absolute BEST place to see films you won't catch anywhere else...particularly those other so-called arthouses in the Triangle.

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★★★★★

Can one theatre dominate an entire state in terms of film festivals? Looks like the Carolina Theatre stands on the shoulders of even the best of 'em, bar none. Gay and Lesbian, Jewish, Horror, Fantasy, retrospectives. And tons of EXCLUSIVE and PREMIERE films. Yes, this is as close as it gets in NC to feel like you're in New York City or Los Angeles! The absolute BEST place to see films you won't catch anywhere else...particularly those other so-called arthouses in the Triangle.

Pros: Film selection, attitude, atmosphere

 

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