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The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater has announced its annual “Best of the Year” summer film series, which features many of the 2016 Academy Award nominees and winners. Included in the series are best picture award winner, “Spotlight,” as well as this year’s winners in the documentary and foreign film categories. As a special treat, the theater has added “In The Good Old Summertime Singalong” featuring organist Mark Andersen playing nostalgic favorites while the audience sings to projected images and lyrics. All films are $5 and begin at 7pm, while the singalong concert is $10 and $5 for students. Concessions are available separately for purchase.


Best of the Year Summer Film Series

Showtimes 7pm

All tickets $5


Tickets can be purchased in-person or by  telephone 1-5pm weekdays through our administrative offices or by calling the Civic Center at (910) 738-4339. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour prior to performance.



July 7  The Big Short (R)

| 2h 10min | BiographyComedyDrama | 23 December 2015 (USA)

The Big Short is a 2015 American biographical comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Adam McKay. It is based on the non-fiction 2010 book of the same name by Michael Lewis about the financial crisis of 2007–2008, which was triggered by the build-up of the housing market and the economic bubble. Stars Christian BaleSteve CarellRyan Gosling and Brad Pitt.

Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best PictureBest DirectorBest Supporting Actor for Bale, and winning Best Adapted Screenplay.


July 14 Bridge of Spies  (PG-13)

PG-13  |  142 min  |  DramaHistoryThriller  |  16 October 2015 (USA)

Bridge of Spies is a 2015 American historical drama-thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay written by Matt Charman,Ethan Coen, and Joel Coen. Stars Tom HanksMark RylanceAmy Ryan, and Alan Alda. Based on the 1960 U-2 incident during the Cold War, the film tells the story of lawyer James B. Donovan, who is entrusted with negotiating the release of Francis Gary Powers—a pilot whose U-2spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union—in exchange for Rudolf Abel, a captive Soviet KGB spy held under the custody of the United States. Received six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, and won Best Supporting Actor for Rylance.


July 21 Brooklyn (PG-13)

PG-13 | 1h 51min | DramaRomance | 25 November 2015 (USA)


Brooklyn is a 2015 Irish-British-Canadian drama directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby, based on Colm Tóibín's novel of the same name. Stars Saoirse RonanEmory CohenDomhnall GleesonJim Broadbent, and Julie Walters. Set in 1951 and 1952, the film tells the story of a young Irish woman's immigration to Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within them for her.

Nominated for three Academy AwardsBest PictureBest Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.  __________________________________________________________________


July 28   In The Good Old Summertime Singalong with Organist Mark Andersen 

Mark Andersen returns to the console of the Robert Morton theater organ on Thursday, July 28th at 7PM for an old fashioned Sing-Along and that wonderful silent comedy “Mighty Like A Moose.”


You’ll be able to sing along to great favorites like: 


“Nothing Could be Finer than to be in Carolina"

“The Sound of Music”

“Getting to Know You”

“Hello Dolly”

“In The Good Old Summertime”

“Carolina Moon”

“For Me and My Gal”

"You’re a Grand Old Flag”

“Give My Regards To Broadway"


Mark will play his original score to the hilarious 28 minute silent comedy “Mighty Like A Moose” starring Charley Chase. 

It's the story of a very plain husband and wife who both secretly decide to get plastic surgery to improve their appearance. After the operations they don’t recognize each other and try to pick each other up on a date. Oh My!!!!!

The fun never ends!



August 4 The Revenant (R)

R  |  156 min  |  AdventureDramaThriller  |  8 January 2016 (USA)

The Revenant is a 2015 American historical drama film directed, co-produced, and co-written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The screenplay by Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith is based in part on Michael Punke's eponymous novel, inspired by the experiences of frontiersman Hugh Glass in 1823, in what is now Montana and South Dakota. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Glass, and co-stars Tom HardyDomhnall Gleeson, and Will Poulter.   Academy Awards for Best DirectorBest Actor, and Best Cinematography.


August 11 Spotlight (R)

R     2015  Drama film/Thriller  2h 9m

Spotlight is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed by Tom McCarthy and written by McCarthy and Josh Singer. The film followsThe Boston Globe's "Spotlight" team, the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative journalist unit in the United States, and its investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests. It is based on a series of stories by the actual Spotlight Team that earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The film stars Mark Ruffalo,Michael KeatonRachel McAdamsJohn SlatteryStanley TucciBrian d'Arcy JamesLiev Schreiber, and Billy CrudupAcademy Award for Best Picture along with Best Original Screenplay, from six nominations in total.


August 18 Amy (R)   Best Documentary

R     2015  Biography/Musical  2h 8m

Amy (promoted as Amy: The Girl Behind the Name) is a 2015 British documentary film that depicts the life and death of British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, directed by Asif Kapadia. Depicts Winehouse's life largely from the standpoint of her struggle with substance abuse problems both before and after her career began to blossom, and which eventually caused her premature death.  Academy Award for Best Documentary.



August 25 Son of Saul (R) Best Foreign Film

R      2015  Drama film/Thriller  1h 57m

Son of Saul (HungarianSaul fia) is a 2015 Hungarian drama film directed by László Nemes and co-written by Nemes and Clara Royer. It is set in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, and follows a day-and-a-half in the life of Saul Ausländer (played by Géza Röhrig), a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando. Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.