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The Carolina Theatre is a cinema and performing arts complex, and the only building in downtown Durham designed in the Beaux Arts style. The theater is home to Fletcher Hall–a 1,032-seat auditorium–two screening rooms, and the Connie Moses Ballroom. The seat of one of Durham’s most beloved arts organizations, the theater is known for its distinct architecture, and program of concerts, film screenings, festivals, plays, stand-up comedy, and educational performances.
This branch of the Carmike Cinemas chain is frequented by movie buffs, not just for their regular dose of glitz and glamour, but also for the numerous amenities and efficient service. The THX-certified picture house boasts stadium-style seating arrangements, access for those in wheelchairs and listening equipment. Those who have arrived too early and have a few moments to spare, or would like to hang around after the movie is over, can avail of the game room facility. Give them a ring or visit the website for more details—don’t forget to ask about the discounts!
At Raleighwood Cinema Grill enjoy the perfect night out: dinner and a movie. Their restaurant menu is extensive, offering more than pizza and traditional cinema snacks. Tickets are always USD4.50 but ticket sales are cash only. The restaurant does accept credit cards. Tickets sell-out quickly, be sure to purchase them in advance - especially if you'd like to make the first showing. On crowded nights be prepared to share your table with other patrons.
The Rialto is one of Raleigh’s most beloved movie theaters, and screens a great collection of independent, foreign, and art films. Built in 1942, the charming and stylish theater has been renovated but retains period architecture, including art-deco lighting, and a raised stage. Screenings of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show are held at theater several times a month. Visitors can purchase snacks, beer, and full bottles of wine to enjoy while watching a movie.
The Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre offers screenings of educational films, documentaries, and Hollywood blockbusters with a cutting-edge sound system and an immersive 3D projection system on a 70-foot (21 meters) screen. The Theater, which is inside the Marbles Children’s Museum, also offers middle-school-age children learning labs that complement educational screenings with hands-on learning activities. Snacks and drinks are offered at the theater, although guests can have meals at the museum's restaurant, Pogo.