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Theater for Everyone

There are several theaters in the downtown area that have movies and live performances perfect for all ages!


Varsity Theatre

The Varsity Theatre has been a landmark of Chapel Hill and Franklin Street for over 50 years! The unique theater shows a mix of classic and new movies. Check out what’s playing this week!


Forest Theatre

The Forest Theatre is an outdoor amphitheater on UNC's campus that dates back to 1916. Paperhand will preform their 17th annual summer show, The Beautiful Beast, August 5 – September 5 at Forest Theatre.  The performances are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night!


DSI Comedy Theater

DSI Comedy Theater entertains audiences with a unique and energetic approach to the alternative comedy scene with performances of improv, sketch and standup comedy. DSI Comedy Theater offers classes, summer camps for kids, and nightly shows. This summer check out their live comedy every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night!


Carolina Performing Arts

Delight your senses with summer performances at Memorial Hall!  Take in the elegant sounds of the harp, cello, oboe and clarinet.  Observe the flexibility and poise of professional dancers in performances throughout the year, including the annual Nutcracker performance with the Carolina Ballet.  


Playmakers Repertory Company


Playmakers captures your attention with humorous comedies that make you laugh until your sides hurt and captivating dramas that bring tears to your eyes.  This summer Playmakers presents the Broadway musical “Violet” as the culmination of its popular Summer Youth Conservatory. A cast of student actors will perform this musical from July 21-30. 


By Liz Mainous

Liz Allen Mainous