Local Businesses Help Carolina Theatre Stage 90th Anniversary Party
The Carolina Theatre turned 90 years-old on Tuesday (February 2)! Our majestic downtown Durham venue is celebrating its landmark anniversary with a year-long slate of special events, including a 90th Anniversary Party this Saturday, February 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Party tickets cost $90 and will be available at the door. They include a tax-deductible donation to support Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc., the nonprofit that operates the city-owned venue, as well as live entertainment; an open bar with craft beer and fine wine; and heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts from a selection of Durham’s finest restaurants.
6 p.m. Doors Open / Social Hour
Guests enter through the stage door off Morgan Street — an entrance few Theatre patrons ever use to access the venue.
Heavy Hors d’oeuvres
Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be set up on the Carolina Theatre stage by student volunteers from the culinary program of the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham. All of the night’s food is thanks to the generous donations of the following local businesses:
Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham
Blu Seafood and Bar
Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas
Primal Food & Spirits
Carolina Theatre ’26 Stout brewed by Fullsteam Brewery will be available for interested guests. The beer was custom-brewed in Durham using 12 pounds of popcorn made at the Theatre, sorghum and cocoa nibs.
Entertainment will be provided by the Firecracker Jazz Band.
7:15 p.m. Intermission
7:30 p.m. 90th Anniversary Program
This short historical program will celebrate the Carolina Theatre’s past through stories that range from the humorous to the emotional.
The program will include a welcome by Board Chair Scott Harmon; remarks by former theatre manager Stephen Barefoot and former Durham Mayor Sylvia Kerckhoff; a reading of a proclamation from the City of Durham in honor of the theatre’s anniversary by Councilwoman Cora Cole-McFadden; and remarks recognizing longtime volunteer and donor Pepper Fluke, who teamed with the late Connie and Monte Moses to save the Carolina Theatre in the late 1970s. Ms. Fluke will be in attendance.
Theatre Board of Trustees members and 90th Anniversary co-chairs Sandi Haynes and Michael Schoenfeld will provide closing remarks.
8 p.m. Dessert and Champagne Toast
Guests will be directed to the lobby for champagne, wine, coffee or tea and delicious desserts donated from the following local businesses:
The Cupcake Bar
Dulce Café & Gelato
Fairview at the Washington Duke Inn
Foster's Market Catering
Mad Hatter Bakeshop & Café
Triangle Seafood Market
All Evening: Photos
Ken and Colin Huth of Huth Photo are donating their services to document the festivities and capture pictures of the guests in attendance.
All Triangle residents are welcome to attend this celebration of what the Carolina Theatre has meant to its community — and how the community has supported our historic venue — for 90 years and counting…