Carolina Theatre Best of 2023

November 16, 2023 by Sandy Lerebours

Something about the holiday season seems to stir nostalgia (something we’re very fond of here!), so we thought it would bring cheer to share the Carolina Theatre Best of 2023. We have seen many thrilling shows, heartfelt performances, and touching moments throughout the year, all of which you inspired. The theater lobby is often buzzing with people, events, and the excitement of a show, and we love hearing about the personal moments and stories which make this such a special place for visitors, families, and the community. 

To get in the spirit of the holidays, we have pulled together some of the best moments and photos from the past year to share with you. We would also love to share your own personal stories and pictures, so please tag us in your posts on your social channels. We will add all entries to our photo album to create an even more enchanting 2023 chapter of our story! 


In February 2024, our Nevermore Film Festival will celebrate its 25th Anniversary! The 2023 festival hosted 10 feature films and 54 film shorts, with 29 North Carolina premieres, nine United States premieres, and three world premieres. The filmmakers hailed from 15 countries around the world, including two filmmakers local to North Carolina. Highlights this year included the South Korean survival thriller “Mount CHIAK,” the gonzo horror-comedy “Cult Hero,” and the Nevermore Jury Award-winning Best Feature Film, “The Weird Kidz.”  


In the Spring of 2023, Durham Public School students participated in masterclasses with Broadway Actor James Williams, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, and The Movement cast, providing them with the opportunity to engage with artists, explore their interests and passions, and develop deeper connections with their peers. Masterclasses are part of the Arts Discovery Educational Series, an immersive program designed to help broaden students’ horizons, helping them appreciate diverse forms of artistic expression and understand the cultural significance behind performances. 


In July, the Carolina Theatre partnered with the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development to launch the Sensory Friendly Film Series, a new offering as part of its educational programming. This program offers individuals with autism, as well as others who identify as sensory-sensitive, a welcoming space to enjoy the film experience in a safe and accepting environment. 


In August, the theater proudly presented the OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival for its 28th year and welcomed visitors from all over the region, state, and country to celebrate LGBTQ+ life and bring the community together around entertaining and sophisticated films and the art of filmmaking. This year’s festival presented 14 feature films and 81 short films from 13 countries. Five films had connections to North Carolina, either being filmed in NC or featuring an NC filmmaker. Highlights included Canadian coming-of-age drama “Golden Delicious,” feature documentaries “Commitment to Life” and “Chasing Chasing Amy,” romantic short film “Shafted,” and many more.  


Last month, the theater was thrilled to present the 6th Annual Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball, a Retro tradition here! More than just a movie screening, the evening took guests on a full-theatrical, FX-driven, light show-blazing, fog-blowing, call-backing, motion picture extravaganza!  We invite you to join us again next October to fasten your garter belts and venture into the Carolina Theatre’s historic 1000-seat lab to see what’s on the doctor’s slab!  


For more memorable photos from 2023, please check out our photo album featuring guests, artists, volunteers, and Carolina Theatre staff members!