Built in 1925, Sanford’s Temple Theater was a frequent stop for Vaudeville stars and shows of the era, and hosted road shows during the 1930s before becoming a movie theater. During the sixties, the Sanford Little Theatre and The Footlight Players used the Temple for their community productions, but the doors to the theater were closed from 1965 to 1980. After the son of the theater’s original owner donated the building to the citizens of Lee County, it was designated a National Historic Site in 1983 and given a large challenge grant by the North Carolina Legislature. It reopened in 1984 as a non-profit organization and today serves as a cultural center for Lee County and the surrounding region, hosting professional and children’s theater productions ranging from musicals to thought-provoking dramas.
The Temple Theater’s fall season includes The 39 Steps, now through Sunday, Nov. 4. Showtimes are Thursday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For details on this and other productions, visit http://www.templeshows.com/index.php.
The Performing Arts in North Carolina website is your guide to music, dance and theater artists and organizations across our state. Learn more by visiting http://www.ncartstrails.org/Default.aspx?alias=www.ncartstrails.org/performingarts.