Durham Civil Rights Documentary Debuts at the Carolina Theatre on April 17

April 1, 2024 by Sandy Lerebours

Documentary to Screen Alongside the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Theater’s Civil Rights Exhibit 

DURHAM, April 1, 2024 —The short documentary “Breaking The Booth,” will premiere at the Carolina Theatre of Durham on April 17, 2024. The screening will take place alongside the theater’s 10th anniversary celebration of its civil rights exhibit, “Confronting Change,” which starts at 7:00 p.m.

The educational documentary will explore the theater’s civil rights history, detailing the legal battles and acts of civil disobedience taken to desegregate the Carolina Theatre and other public spaces in Durham, NC in the 1960s. The documentary will include interviews with local protestors, along with descendants of the civil rights leader Floyd B. McKissick.  

The documentary’s debut screening will be part of the Carolina Theatre’s Confronting Change Exhibit 10th anniversary celebration and will be followed by a panel discussion with several of the original protestors. The event will also include several arts components from KT Collective and Dasan Ahanu. 

The “Confronting Change” exhibit opened in 2014 to acknowledge those who participated in demonstrations to integrate the theater. The exhibit includes photos and biographies of the people involved in desegregating the theater, newspaper features on the events that took place, and the theater’s original separate “Blacks Only” ticketing window.  

The 10th anniversary celebration is a free event; however registration is required. Currently, registration is full, however, standby tickets may be available the day of the event. Please visit carolinatheatre.org for more information.  

The “Confronting Change” exhibit is open to the public for self-guided tours Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Guided tours are also available for groups of 25 or more when arranged in advance. All tours are free. To learn more about touring the Carolina Theatre and its exhibits, including “Confronting Change,” please visit carolinatheatre.org.   



About The Carolina Theatre of Durham: 

Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which manages the city-owned Carolina Theatre at 309 W. Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701. Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. is dedicated to presenting vibrant, thought-provoking film and live performances that contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of downtown Durham and the Triangle Region. More information at carolinatheatre.org. 


Contact: Jordan Hewitt Beard
Senior Director of Marketing, Carolina Theatre of Durham
(919) 560-3040 | jordan@carolinatheatre.org