The Sunrise Theater, in conjunction with Sandhills PRIDE, is presenting a three-movie series to celebrate Pride month in June. The movies will be shown on the first three Thursdays in June, and cost of admission will be $10. The series is sponsored by Sandhills Pride and Realty World-The Nikki Bowman Team and Manifest Boutique.

Starting the series on June 2 at 7 p.m. is Moonlight. This Best Picture winner from 2016 features the story of Chiron, a young Black man growing up in Miami in the 80s. Chiron struggles with his sexuality, being bullied, and finding questionable role models to cling to when options wear thin. It tells the story across three parts: As a child, a teen, and then finally as a young adult. Runtime 111 minutes. 

The series continues with Paris Is Burning on June 9. This 1990 documentary focuses on the drag ball culture in New York City. The title comes from the Paris is Burning ball held annually by Paris Dupree. Director Jennie Livingston has put together a chronicle of the African American, Latin American, gay, and transgender communities that dominated the ball culture of the 1980s. It puts a thoughtful spin on the importance of drag queen “houses,” and the sanctuary they provided from a world filled with homophobia, racism, and transphobia. Runtime 71 minutes.

Preceding the showing of Paris is Burning, they will feature a Queen & A: A conversation about drag performance history and culture hosted by Naomi Dix, member of Durham’s House of Coxx, local BIPOC owned and operated since 2013. The Queen & A will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the movie will begin around 7:30 p.m.

June 16’s movie is Portrait of a Lady on Fire, beginning at 7 p.m. The film takes place in France in 1770 and follows Marianne, a woman who is commissioned to secretly paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse. Héloïse, has just left the convent and is engaged to be married, but is reluctant to do so. As the two women become closer, an intimate relationship blossoms.

Showings of the Pride 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 or by calling 910-692-3611.


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