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How to support local movie theaters

It’s not just about the popcorn, but that’s pretty good too. Check out our list of independent- and locally-owned spots for your next double feature.

The Rialto Theatre at a corner with a mural that says "Wish you were here" in multi-colored letters.

The Rialto Theatre will reopen later this summer, according to new owner.

Photo by RALtoday

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The Triangle is home to just a handful of locally- or independently-owned movie theaters. Movie-lovers, keep scrolling to see how you can get involved with each one.

Rialto Theatre | 1620 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh

🎬 Once it reopens, the Rialto will continue its usual independent film offerings, but will also have live music and performances, according to new owner Hayes Permar. A returning feature may be a return of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” screenings with shadow casts.

Triangle Cinema @ Six Forks | 9500 Forum Dr., Raleigh

🎬 The theater at Six Forks is newly reopened with six auditoriums screening all the latest blockbusters. Head to the theater before 6 p.m. for $9 tickets for everyone.

Alamo Drafthouse | 2116-D New Bern Ave., Raleigh

🎬 Alamo Drafthouse features the best of both worlds — the latest blockbusters and plenty of older films you might not have seen yet. Plus, you can order popcorn and a full meal from your seat. Alamo also offers Video Vortex, a free video rental service, themed movie screenings, and boozy milkshakes during your movie.

The Cary Theater | 122 E. Chatham St., Cary

🎬 The Cary Theater has contemporary releases as well as live performances and an annual short film festival called Beyond. To continue supporting the theater, rent out the space or purchase merchandise from the shop.

Chelsea Theater | 1129 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill

🎬 Keep an eye out for classics programming, late light screenings, and for students, free curated double features through a local film club at this nonprofit art house theater. The theater accepts tax-deductible donations and you can become a member starting at $50 per year.

Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre | 3336 Raleigh Rd., Henderson

🎬 Check out this drive-in’s slate of double features and enjoy the summer weather while watching a new movie. T-shirts, hoodies, magnets, and a documentary DVDs are available through the online store.