Sunrise Theater is celebrating Black History Month with a classic series that features black stories, actors, and directors. Beginning Feb. 3 and continuing through Feb. 24, Sunrise will screen these classics every Thursday night. Tickets are $10. Additionally, each movie will spotlight a local black-owned business or organization in hopes of driving attention to their organization or customers to their business.
Starting the series on Feb. 3 is Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Featuring trailblazing actor Sidney Poitier, the 1967 film was one of the first to feature interracial marriage in a positive light. In it, Joanna Drayton (Katharine Houghton) and Dr. John Prentice (Poitier) meet Joanna’s parents for dinner after they are wed following a whirlwind romance in Hawaii. Runtime 108 minutes.
With this movie, they will be spotlighting Pure Salon in Southern Pines. Pure Salon is owned by Za’netta Sad’e and offers a variety of services including hair cuts, hair treatments, coloring, perms, stylings, weaves & extensions, facials, lash extensions, waxing, and more. They are located at 200 North Bennett Street.
Sunrise will also be spotlighting Key’s Fashion Boutique. Kay Fernandez started as an online only shop two years ago that made melts and candles. That online business paved the way for her to move onto her fashion boutique. She has had a physical location since July and you can find her at 290 E. Turner Street in Aberdeen.
The series continues with Selma on Feb. 10. Directed by Ava DuVernay, Selma chronicles the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama led by Dr. Martin Luther King to secure equal voting rights in 1965. The film was nominated for Best Picture and won for Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards. Runtime 128 minutes.
With Selma, Sunrise will be spotlighting Southern Pines Land and Housing Trust. The trust was formed in 2009 under the leadership of Fred Walden. The primary purpose is to be an advocate to target support for the citizens of the West Southern Pines Community. Reestablished in 2018, the goal of the Southern Pines Land and Housing Trust will continue with the original vision with the goal to maintain community-based traditions but create opportunities for economic growth for the citizens of West Southern Pines and surrounding areas. You can find more information about them at www.splandandhousingtrust.org.
Feb. 17’s classic is Hidden Figures. The film Hidden Figures, based on the 2016 nonfiction book penned by Margot Lee Shetterly, highlights the struggles and triumphs of three African American women who are mathematicians for NASA during the space race. The film was nominated for Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards. Runtime 127 minutes.
With Hidden Figures, Sunrise would like to spotlight Five Sun’s Boutique. Five Suns is owned by Porshia, who is a wife, mother of five, and a proud doodle mom. The name Five Suns is inspired and dedicated to her beautiful five children who gave her that push to pursuit her dream of owning a shop carrying goods that she loves for her children and for herself. Her heart and vision is to be a one-stop-shop for you to grab some of your favorite curated goods from brands that are bold in their stance of being ethical and sustainable. Five Suns is located at 128 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Additionally, Sunrise would like to use this film to spotlight the Moore County NAACP. Their mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. The Moore County NAACP chapter engages with the local community with focuses on Economic Sustainability, Health, Education, Public Safety, Voting Rights, Expanding Youth and Young Adult engagement, and supporting our LGBTQIA+ community. For more information about the Moore County chapter of the NAACP please visit moorenaacp.org.
The series finishes on Feb. 24 with the 1989 classic, Do the Right Thing. The movie, produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee, takes place in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant in the late 1980s. It centers around the tension between the African American residents of the neighborhood and the Italian American owners of a local pizzeria. The film was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 62nd Academy Awards. Runtime 120 minutes.
For Do the Right Thing, would like to spotlight Sweet Chemistry. Sweet Chemistry is owned by local baker, Roxcee Smith. Roxcee runs Sweet Chemistry out of her kitchen and is locally renowned for her amazing macarons. In addition to those she also runs the gamut from cheesecakes to cookies to poundcake. You can find her around town selling or can special order from her Instagram Sweet_Chemistry_NC or by calling (910) 850-0335.
Showings of the classic movie series are Thursdays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or in advance at the Sunrise Theater box office, online at www.SunriseTheater.com or by calling 910-692-3611.