My column about the history of The Cary theater in the March 19 edition of The Cary News prompted many readers to share their memories of the theater.
The venue opened on Chatham Street in 1946 and served as a popular gathering space for years. The town of Cary bought the property, renovated it and re-opened it as a theater this year.
Here are some readers’ stories:
Alvin would call me to come and run the projector for him so he could sneak off and meet his girlfriend.
He taught me how to change the reels of film and switch from one projector to the other, but occasionally the film would catch fire and break. I wasn’t too good at splicing the two ends together. The audience would be booing, and I would be scrambling.
Then Mrs. Young would find out about Alvin’s absence and he was busted.
Mrs. Young’s son Alvin and his friend and I shared that job. I was so grateful to have a job as a teenager.
I walked home at night after the movie, and my mother would meet me halfway to make sure I was safe, even though we didn’t worry much then about being out after dark.
The theater held Game Night on Saturday nights where the audience answered trivia questions about the movies for prizes of movie passes.
It was also used for local talent shows on Saturday nights. Then Dad converted the building into a men’s clothing store called Cary Clothiers, which he and I opened in 1960 and ran together.
After that the building became an auto parts store, and a sound recording studio.