Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Movie Theater

In his 2004 book, Off Season, Ken McAlpine relates the following conversation he had with an islander during intermission at a local variety show:

"Is there a movie theater in town," I had asked.

"No, there isn't," she had said with a smile.

"Is there a substitute for a movie theater?" I asked.

She had looked at me puzzled. " I would say that movies are substitutes for this," she said.

Eleven years later there is still no movie theater on Ocracoke...and live music, storytelling, plays, and other entertainments continue to satisfy visitors and residents alike.

In addition to music at various restaurants and pubs, Ocracoke currently offers the following: The three-act musical, A Tale of Blackbeard, on Monday evenings, "Coyote plus One" (Marcy, Lou, & a guest) on Tuesdays, Ocracoke Opry on Wednesdays, and Ghost & History Walks on Tuesdays & Fridays. In addition you can take in talks aboard the Skipjack Wilma Lee (island history, pirate lore, & stories of oyster dredging) on Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays at 11 am), and Porch Talks & Museum Tours at Ocracoke Preservation Society (1 pm, Monday - Friday).

Be sure to check posters around the village for the most accurate and up-to-date information about these and many other events in the village.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter tells the delightful story of the 19th century "Stovepipe Hat" wreck. It has been told for years in books & magazines, but it probably never happened. You can read the story (and my research) here:


  1. One of the reasons that Ocracoke is loved by so many islanders, dingbatters (me) and mainlanders alike...

  2. Debbie Leonard9:17 AM

    I am reading that book now! I've enjoyed it.

  3. Anonymous9:34 AM

    Way better than any movie theater!! Not to mention generally cheaper!

  4. Anonymous8:08 PM

    And the most fun of all musical events, Molasses Creek on Thursdays at Deepwater Theater.