Carolina Cinemas acquires Lumina Theater

The company that owns Sandhills 10 in Southern Pines, Carolina Cinemas announced the addition of the Lumina Theater to their family of movie theaters.

For nearly 23 years, the Lumina has been a fixture of the Chapel Hill community, providing a place for locals to enjoy the latest and greatest films. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the owners of the Lumina made several renovations and improvements; these efforts will be continued following the theater’s acquisition by the Carolina Cinemas brand.

In recent years, Lumina’s local ownership has ensured its survival throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The boutique theater offers stadium seating and a full concessions stand, and its location in Southern Village, minutes from Franklin Street and in the heart of Chapel Hill, makes it ideal for families and students. A renovated patio with new furniture will provide an excellent place for relaxation before or after a film, and a new mural on the exterior of the theater has been completed by Chapel Hill artist Loren Pease.

Jeremy Welman, owner and managing partner of Carolina Cinemas and a Moore County resident, intends to build on the Lumina’s foundation through additions to the theater’s facilities.

The full concessions stand currently offers beer, wine and cider on its menu, and renovations will soon dedicate a large screen for sporting events. This separate area will offer twelve taps of various beers. A room for private parties will be available for reservations, and beginning June 17, movies will be shown on a large outdoor screen as part of “Movies on the Green.”

“Summer Movie Camp,” a popular event begun at the Carolina Cinemas Sandhills 10 theater in Southern Pines, will also make its way to the Lumina; children’s films will be shown from June 13 to Aug. 22 with tickets at a significantly discounted rate.

“Carolina Cinemas is thrilled to welcome the Lumina to its family of theaters,” said Welman.

He and his partners look forward to continuing its work of bringing entertainment for all ages, from blockbusters to events to independent films, to the families and residents of the Chapel Hill area and the surrounding communities.

Feature photo: Carolina Cinemas Sandhills 10 co-owner Jeremy Welman (left) and film producer Phil Cook pose after a screening of Stay Prayed Up at the Southern Pines’ multiplex theater on June 19, 2022./Sandhills Sentinel.


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