Blockbusters come to SandHills Cinema, a 10-screen multiplex, in Southern Pines, with digital images and sound. For up-to-date information and movie times, call (910) 695-1100.
The Sunrise offers independent and foreign films throughout the year with the SunFlix screenings. For information, call (910) 692-3611.
Several dance companies in the county offer everything from public recitals to professional-quality productions and instruction.
- Carolina Performing Arts Center, in Southern Pines, offers classes for all levels, beginner through advance, ages 3 through adults. Pilates classes also are available. For information, call (910) 695-7898.
- Footprints Contemporary Ballet and Integrated Movement Training Institute is committed to providing opportunities for dancers interested in exploring spiritual growth. For ages 12 to adult. Call (910) 995-4754.
- Line dance classes are held on Tuesday evenings at the V.F.W., 615 S. Page St., Southern Pines. Cost is $10 for four weeks of classes. Call Doris at (910) 692-8878 to register.
- Terpsichore in Southern Pines offers classes in classical ballet, jazz, tap, creative movement, theater dance, and adult classes. For more information, call (910) 695-1116.
- Taylor Dance in Aberdeen offers classes in jazz, hip hop, tap and ballet for ages 3 to adult. Call (910) 295-1320 for information.
- Arts Council of Moore County, which supports or actively participates in many arts activities in the Sandhills, also schedules visiting performers, such as Missoula Children’s Theatre, throughout the year.
- Moore OnStage is a multi-arts performance house that promotes dance and theater activities. Many of its productions are presented at the Sunrise Theater. For more information, call (910) 692-7118.
- Temple Theatre in nearby Sanford is a popular spot for group outings. Built in 1925, Temple is a lush house for regional, professional theater. The building hosts a company of actors providing an eight-show mainstage season, children’s theatre and special events. The director is Peggy Taphorn. For information, call (919) 774-4512 or visit www.templeshows.com.
- The Play House Theatre Company presents four to six plays a year using actors ages 8 to 16. For more information, call (910) 295-1320.
- The Play House Jr. is directed toward younger children, ages 4 to 7, and offers elementary plays that incorporate music and dance. For more information, call (910) 295-1320.
Several lecture series take place in the Sandhills, including Pauley Lecture Series, Kiwanis Travelog Series, Weymouth’s humanities lecture series and fine arts lecture series.
Many clubs and organizations also host informative talks throughout the year.
Other frequent lecture hosts are the League of Women Voters of Moore County and the county’s Democratic and Republican political parties. Often, colleges nearby, such as the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Fayetteville State University, host well-known celebrities for talks.
- The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines often hosts North Carolina writers for book signings or gala book launches. The store also hosts other special events. The store is at 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines. For information, call (910) 692-3211.
- The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame is located at Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines, and displays photographs and lists of works of notable writers. It is open by appointment 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For information, call (910) 692-6261.
The Sandhills hosts a myriad of music events, including the outdoor and indoor jazz concerts by the Sandhills Community College Jazz Band, concerts at the Sunrise presented by the SunEvents Music Series, performances of the North Carolina Symphony, the annual Heart and Soul of Jazz Festival, performances by the area’s barbershop quartets, the Golf Capital Chorus, the Classical Concert Series and the Weymouth Chamber Music Series.
- The Moore County Choral Society is a Sandhills tradition. In its 33rd season, the group hosts a holiday concert and a classical concert. For information, call (910) 949-3619 or (910) 295-9085 or visit www.moorechoral soc.org.
- The Moore County Concert Band also is a standout in the music of the Sandhills. Performing free at the Carolina Hotel, the MCCB often draws a crowd. The purpose of the group is to foster and promote the great American tradition of military and concert band music. Information is available on their Web site at www.moore countyband.com
- Moore Philharmonic Orchestra is a community orchestra designed for advancing students as well as adults in the Moore County community. The group rehearses at Union Pines High School and performs regularly. For more information, visit the group’s Web site at mporchestra.com/default.aspx or call (910) 944-3452.
Area nightspots also host live music, and an occasional impromptu concert by a strolling musician can be heard on Broad Street in Southern Pines, in the center of the village of Pinehurst or from a back-porch swing in the northern part of the county.
Feel like kicking up your heels? Want to rock to some great live entertainment? Moore County has plenty to offer residents and visitors alike after dark.
Following is a list of area venues that feature live entertainment or just great fun.
Venues may charge admission or a cover charge or may change schedules for some events. We suggest calling the venues for details.
A restaurant in Southern Pines, 195 hosts live music occasionally on Wednesday evenings. Past performers have included the classical guitarist and flutist duo, Danny and June Infantino, and Celtic music by the Cracken Craye Band. Reservations are requested. For information or for reservations, call (910) 692-7110.
Brats European Bistro
Brats European Bistro, 219 NE Broad St., Southern Pines, offers live entertainment by Buffalo Thunder and other local musicians on Thursday and Saturday evenings. For more information, call (910) 246-2728 or visit www.hausofbrats.com.
Coach Light Café
Live entertainment is sometimes offered at Coach Light Café, 290 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines, including a tapa piano bar. Call (910) 692-4449 for reservations and information.
Davis Community Center
Davis Community Center, one mile from Robbins, hosts bluegrass music on the third Friday of each month.
Sing your heart out from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Thursday during a karaoke night at Dugan’s Pub, No. 2 Market Square, Pinehurst. Call (910) 295-3400.
Elliott’s Gourmet Marketplace
Elliott’s Gourmet Marketplace, 905 Linden Rd., Pinehurst, provides different workshops and wine seminars in their new cooking school. A full dinner menu is also available. For information, call (910) 295-FOOD (3663).
Italian Table Restaurant
Enjoy live entertainment nightly at Italian Table Restaurant, 136 Grant St., Seven Lakes. Reservations are strongly encouraged at (910) 673-4725.
Maness Pottery and Music Barn
Every Tuesday night, you can enjoy bluegrass, country and gospel pickin’ and singing at Maness Pottery and Music Barn, six miles west of Carthage on N.C. Hwy. 24/27. The highly informal fun gets under way around 6 p.m. There is no cover; however, donations are accepted. Call (910) 948-4897 for more information.
May Street Market
May Street Market, 1010 N. May St., Southern Pines, hosts live music every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. For information or reservations, call (910) 692-4110.
There’s always something happening at Mint Juleps, 155 Hall Ave., Southern Pines. The lineup of fun includes Sundays: NFL Sunday Ticket; Mondays: Monday Night Football; Tuesdays: Shag lessons; Wednesdays and Saturdays: House DJ; Fridays: Live beach music; and Saturday: ballroom dance lessons. Open to all adults 21 years and over. Call (910) 246-2223 for more information or visit the club’s Web site at www.mintjulepsclub.com
Located at 130 W. New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines, Neville’s is open Sunday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, call (910) 692-1939 or visit www.nevillesclub.com.
O’Donnell’s Pub in downtown Southern Pines hosts weekend live entertainment for members and guests as often as possible, and features Wednesday night guest bartenders with tips going to charity. For information, call 695-1915 or go to www.patodonnellspub.com.
Pine Crest Inn Bar
The bar at the Pine Crest Inn is a Sandhills institution that’s open late. The piano bar, featuring Clarence Levine at the keyboard, is considered area golfers’ 19th hole and offers live music, but the real attraction is often the other patrons. Levine tickles the ivories Wednesday through Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. For information, call (910) 295-6121.
The Potter’s Café features live music every Saturday night from 7 to 11 p.m. The café is at 201 South St. in Aberdeen. For more information, call (910) 684-5300.
Sandhills Bowling Center
Sandhills Bowling Center offers opportunities for bowling. For more information, stop by 2239 N. Pinehurst St., Aberdeen, or call (910) 295-9610.
The JFR Barn
The JFR Barn occasionally hosts wine tasting events and dinners. For the wine dinner schedule, visit The JFR Barn’s Web site at www.jfrbarn.com or call (910) 692-7700.
The Sports Page Bar and Grill
The Sports Page Bar and Grill, at The Commons, off U.S. 1, Aberdeen, hosts karaoke each Wednesday at 9:30 p.m.
The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room
The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room, 241 N.E. Broad St., downtown Southern Pines, is now open until 9 p.m. as a casual wine bar on Tuesday through Saturday nights. The Wine Cellar’s most popular evening is its Wine on Wednesday. In addition to a large selection of wines available by the glass and half-glass, crackers, cheeses and patés are served. For information, call (910) 692-3066 or visit www.thewinecellarandtastingroom.com.