The Old Theater Launches Sunday Classic Cinema

Friday Flicks began 20 years ago at The Old Theater with an idea, a donated projector, and free popcorn. Over the years it was the place to gather on the third Friday of the month to have a beverage, enjoy candy and free popcorn, Flash Gordon or cartoons and a movie. Friday Flicks filled a void in the local entertainment opportunities.

The Old Theater has tried to keep up by showing newly released movies, a variety of family and holiday movies to attract more of an audience. While there is still a loyal audience, the overall numbers have dropped even before Covid-19.

With the popularity of online streaming and the increased number of Oriental venues providing Friday night entertainment, Friday Flicks can no longer compete. Therefore, the Board of Directors has made the tough decision to discontinue Friday Flicks, effective immediately. There is no matinee on Sunday, January 9th.

The Old Theater will launch Sunday Classic Cinema on a trial basis through the end of our season in May. At 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, Flash Gordon and classic movies from the public domain will be shown for a $6.00 ticket. Free popcorn, plus soft drinks and bottled water by donation will be available. No outside food or drink please by order of the state. Sunday Classic Cinema will continue, if there is enough attendance to justify it. We will continue to comply with State and local Covid-19 guidance and recommend wearing masks while indoors, given the recent local spike in cases. Just a reminder that the Old Theater installed professional grade air purifiers in September, which are fully operational at all times.

Please join us at 3:00 p.m. for Sunday Classic Cinema in 2022:

  • January 16 Flash Gordon returns with 4 TV episodes from 1950’s
  • February 20 2 Flash Gordon episodes and Nothing Sacred (1937)
  • March 20 2 Flash Gordon episodes and His Girl Friday (1940)
  • April 17 2 Flash Gordon episodes and Road to Bali (1952)
  • May 15 2 Flash Gordon episodes and McClintock (1963)

Congratulations to the Winners of the Old Theater’s Got Talent Virtual Talent Show Fundraiser!

Here are the Judge’s Choices:

1st Place – Luke Douglas of Apex, NC – “River Rapids”
2nd Place – Emily Wheeley of New Bern, NC – “She Used to be Mine”
3rd Place – Flying Blind of Swansboro, NC – “Voyage”

And the Fan Favorites:

1st Place – Barry Bey of Merritt, NC – “One Man Band”
2nd Place – Emily Wheeley of New Bern, NC – “She Used to be Mine”
3rd Place – Byron Lambdin of Smithfield, NC – “Til I Gain Control Again”

Thank you to all the participants, Keith and Allison at Town Dock, our Judges, Sponsors, Donors and Volunteers. Making this show a success was a great community collaboration.

You can still view the show at and we are still accepting donations to the fundraiser. We have a Donation tab on the right side of this page for online donations via PayPal for your convenience. You may also mail donations to the Old Theater, P.O. Box 521, Oriental, NC 28571. The Old Theater Corporation is a registered 501©(3) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

Kind Regards,

Isabel Keppner
President, Old Theater Corp.


You’ll find the Old Theater at 609 Broad Street in the heart of Oriental, North Carolina. The building first opened as a movie theater in 1945 and served as a social and entertainment center until the late 1950s. It was revitalized and reopened in 1995 and today provides a venue where performing arts can thrive in Pamlico County.

The Old Theater is owned and managed by the Old Theater Corporation, a registered 501c3 organization comprised of Pamlico County volunteers whose mission is to ensure that Pamlico County and the town of Oriental has a venue for civic and cultural events. That mission is accomplished in the following ways

  • By the daily maintanance and operation of the facility and grounds;
  • by making the facility available for use by providers of performing arts and a variety of civic business, club and charity organizations; and
  • by presenting a broad range of theater-sponsored programs.

    The ability to achieve this mission depends on the ongoing support and participation of individual contributors, community businesses, service organizations, grants and folks who volunteer on stage and behind the scenes. If you would like to participate on a future event, go to our volunteer page. For more information call 252-249-0477 or email to

    Keep your eyes on this site for coming attractions at the Old Theater.

    “The 2021 Old Theater Board – President: Izzy Keppner, Vice President: Don Henderson, Treasurer: Shelby Loe, Secretary: Linda Larson, Facilities Manager: Brian Hough, Technical Team Manager: Mark Milos, Theater Sponsored Events Manager: Claudine Fields, Publicity Manager: Mary Taylor, Membership Manager & Volunteer Coordinator: Andrea Bayard, House Manager/Box Office, Ann Marie Wolf, Website Designer: Steven Loe, Friday Flicks: Nancy Crain.

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