Events is the overall category for all activities hosted by the Sunrise Theater, such as movies - classic and new releases are two examples, high definition (HD) broadcasts of the Bolsho Ballet, the National Theater and the Metropolitan Opera and "special" events such as First Friday, local live plays and other special events..


All summer long, enjoy the Sunrise Summer Classic series in the Sunrise Theater at 7pm.   This year's line up has something for everyone.   Special thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors who make the series possible.

Tickets: $10 general admission. Advance purchase are available online HERE. Tickets are also available at the Sunrise Theater office or at the Box Office 30 minutes before the show.

 1birdcageAugust 5: The Birdcage (1996)
sponsored by SANDHILLS PRIDE 

 R | 1h 57min | Comedy
Stars Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, and Dianne Wiest
A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents.

Watch the trailer HERE

 * THE BIRDCAGE will also be shown at the Outdoor Theater on Saturday, August 7


1 big lebowskiAugust 12: The Big Lebowski (1998)
sponsored by THE ICE CREAM PARLOR 

 R | 1h 57min | Comedy, Crime, Sport
Stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, and Steve Buscemi
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

Come in costume and enter the trivia contest!

Watch the trailer HERE 




 1 my fair ladyJuly 29: My Fair Lady (1964)

 G | 2h 50min | Drama, Family, Musical
Stars Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison
Snobbish phonetics Professor Henry Higgins agrees to a wager that he can make flower girl Eliza Doolittle presentable in high society.

Watch the trailer HERE 




1 northwestJuly 22: North by Northwest (1959)
sponsored by AUTOWERKS

2h 16min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Cary Grant, Eve Marie Saint and James Mason. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies. 

97% on Rotten Tomatoes

Watch the trailer HERE 



1 whats up doc July 15: What's Up Doc (1972)

 G | 1h 34min | Comedy
Stars Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal and Madeline Kahn
The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.

 Watch the trailer HERE




1 liberty valanceJuly 8: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

 2h 3min | Drama, Western
Stars John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Vera Miles, and Lee Marvin. Directed by John Ford.
A senator returns to a western town for the funeral of an old friend and tells the story of his origins.

Watch the trailer HERE  



1 mister robertsJuly 1: Mister Roberts (1955)
sponsored by BELLI BAMBINI  

2h 3min | Comedy, Drama, War
Stars Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, and Jack Lemmon.
In the waning days of World War II, the United States Navy cargo ship Reluctant and her crew are stationed in the "backwater" areas of the Pacific Ocean. Trouble ensues when the crew members are granted liberty. 

Watch the trailer HERE


1 city slickersJune 24: City Slickers (1991)

 PG-13 | 1h 53min | Comedy, Western
Stars Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby, and Jack Palance.
On the verge of turning 40, an unhappy Manhattan yuppie is roped into joining his two friends on a cattle drive in the southwest.

Watch the trailer HERE  



1 wait until darkJune 17: Wait Until Dark (1967)

1h 48min | Thriller
Stars Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment.

96% on Rotten Tomatoes

Watch the trailer HERE


1 Philadelphia StoryJune 10: The Philadelphia Story (1940)

1h 52min | Comedy, Romance
Stars Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart.
When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

100% on Rotten Tomatoes

 Watch the trailer HERE


CALEB SASSER IN CONCERT - Live at the Sunrise Theater

sponsored by McDonalds of Aberdeen

As an encore to his debut at last month’s Singer Songwriters in the Round, Caleb Sasser will be returning to the Sunrise Theater for an intimate evening of smooth soul, rich R&B and captivating jazz on Sunday, August 15 at 5pm (doors open at 4pm).

Watch the trailer HERE

Tickets: $15 reserved seating available online HERE, by calling the Sunrise at 910-692-3611, or at the box office 1 hour before the concert.

Caleb moved the audience to laughs and tears and brought them to their feet throughout last month’s concert where he shared the stage with three other talented local singer songwriters. At the upcoming CALEB SASSER IN CONCERT, he and his piano will be center stage with his catalog of heartfelt songs, charismatic personality, and mesmerizing vocals.

Joining Caleb on stage throughout the evening will be singing artists DeAndrea Hargett and Cymberlin Sasser, pianist Domonic, and Caleb’s songwriting partner Dee Jones.

Although North Carolina is home, Caleb has big dreams. He plans to move to Los Angeles this fall to pursue a career in the music Industry. Caleb is excited to take this leap of faith and the next step on his journey.

Come out to the Sunrise for Caleb’s farewell concert and meet this extraordinary young artist.

ROADRUNNER - Opens August 5

R | 1h 58min     

A documentary about Anthony Bourdain and his career as a chef, writer and host, revered and renowned for his authentic approach to food, culture and travel.   

Watch the trailer HERE

Thursday, August 5, 4pm
Saturday, August 7, 4pm
Sunday, August 8, 2pm & 5pm
Monday, August 9, 7pm

Tickets: $10 each - available online soon or at the box office 30 minutes before showtime. General admission. 

Shows inside the Sunrise Theater.

  • Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.
  • Concessions are available for purchase. 
  • No outside food or drink permitted.

GOOD SHOT JUDY - Swinging LIVE at the Sunrise August 28


Sponsored by Menendez & Ritter Retirement Group of Wells Fargo Advisors.

Straight from Virginia, the entertaining and energetic swing band, Good Shot Judy will take the OUTDOOR stage at the Sunrise Park on Saturday, August 28 at 7pm.

The band performs hits from the swinging sounds of Sinatra, contemporaries like Harry Connick Jr., the beautiful ballads of Billie Holiday, and the high energy Latin Dance big band sound. Good Shot Judy adds their unique twist with plenty of swing and swagger to each tune.

Good Shot Judy’s song list includes The Way You Look Tonight, Come Fly With Me, Stray Cat Strut, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Beyond the Sea, Sway, Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, Mambo Italiano, I Want to be Like You, and more!

Watch the trailer HERE

Tickets: $25 general admission available online HERE or by calling the Sunrise at 910-692-3611.

Box office & concessions open at 6pm, concert starts at 7pm.

Bring a chair or blanket to sit on - no outside food/drink and no pets permitted.

The park is surrounded with walls of tents for an enclosed theater setting. Seating is general admission - guests may bring blankets & chairs and select their seats. 

Chairs must be outdoor, portable chairs with a maximum height of 34".
No pets permitted.
No outside food permitted.

SPECIAL VIP PARTY SECTION AVAILABLE: Have a large group? Contact the Sunrise at 910-692-3611 for special seating options for 10-25.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside the Sunrise Theater and all purchased tickets will be honored. NO REFUNDS, EXCHANGES, OR CREDITS AVAILABLE.


  • Restrooms are available to ticketed patrons (wrist band required). Parents must accompany children.
  • Two concession stands are available. The outdoor concessions offers limited drinks and candy. The indoor concessions offers the full range of popcorn, candy and drinks. 
  • Alcoholic beverages are available at the concessions area. ID is required. 
  • Children must be supervised at all times.
  • No smoking on the greenspace, the theater, or the outdoor theater foyer.
  • Chairs must be outdoor, portable chairs with a maximum height of 34".
  • No pets permitted.
  • No outside food permitted. 

Shows inside the Sunrise Theater. 

  • Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.
  • Concessions are available for purchase. 
  • No outside food or drink permitted.


RESPECT - opens August 13

PG-13 | 2h 25min | Biography, Music    
Stars Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald    

Aretha Franklin sings in her father's church choir as a child and grows up to become an international musical superstar and the Queen of Soul, while simultaneously enduring an abusive marriage, constraints of patriarchy and also being actively involved in the civil rights movement.    

Watch the trailer HERE

Friday, August 13, 12:30pm & 4pm
Saturday, August 14, 12:30pm & 4pm
Sunday, August 15, 10:30am
Monday, August 16, 7pm
Thursday, August 19, 7pm
Friday, August 20, 4pm
Saturday, August 21, 4pm
Sunday, August 22, 2pm

Tickets: $10 each - available online soon or at the box office 30 minutes before showtime. General admission.

Shows inside the Sunrise Theater.

  • Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.
  • Concessions are available for purchase. 
  • No outside food or drink permitted.