Special Events

Throughout the year, Temple Theatre hosts an array of special events - some here at the theatre, and others off-site. Click on an event for more details.

  • Drama
  • Live Band/Muscians
  • Comedy
  • World Premiere
  • Regional Premiere
  • Mature Themes
  • Musical
  • Family Friendly
  • Youth Production
Back to the Future Trilogy
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015

Back to the Future at the Temple Theatre
Family Friendly


Quick, what's the date that the characters of Back to the Future actually travelled to the future? Hello ... hello, anybody home? Think, McFly. "Where are we? When are we?", Marty McFly asked Doc Brown when the stainless-steel-car-turned-time-machine touched down. "2015? You mean we're in the future?!" Specifically, it was 4:29pm , you guessed it - Oct 21, 2015.

In honor of this special date, the Temple Theatre will be screening all three BTTF movies back-to-back-to-back. Come on out, have some popcorn and a Coke, kick back and enjoy one of the great trilogies of all-time. Bonus points will be awarded for parachute pants and shoulder pads.

The night kicks off promptly at 6:29 (4:29 MST). Admission is free. Call the Temple Box Office at 919-774-4155 to make your reservations.

Temple Theatre Zombie Run
Oct 24, 2015

Letting Go at the Temple
Family Friendly


The Addams Family is at the Temple Theatre and the Undead are returning to Gross Farms. This year we are changing the run to the evening to draw out even more of the shuffling, shambling zombies along the course.

Awards for fastest male and female, scariest costume, and funniest costume.

Starting with a 1 mile run through wooded trails and along fields the course leads into the corn maze at Gross Farms. The maze has miles of possible pathways but we have some of the most infested areas blocked off - for now. Runners will take off at 5 P.M. with the zombies following shortly after. Can you find your way out before they find you?

This Zombie Run is similar to flag football. If the zombies grab both of your flags you get to join the horde in search of a brainy snack. After the run put on your Zombie Run T-Shirt and stop by the Smoke & Barrel restaurant in downtown Sanford for a free beer (One per participant and must be wearing Zombie Run shirt).

This is a FUN Run meaning no timing will be available & the 3.1 mile distance is approximate since there is a maze involved. There Might be obstacles, there might be Zombies, there might be both...

Participants receive a $2.00 discount/child for Corn Maze or Combo Tickets at Gross Farms the evening of the event!

Cost for the event is $25. All proceeds go to support the Temple Theatre. To register, click here.

Travis Powell & TCB Experience Band
Nov 13 & 14, 2015

Elvis at the Temple Theatre
Live Band Family Friendly


Internationally renowned tribute artist, Travis Powell, makes his triumphant return to the Temple stage with three spectacular shows over two nights. Performing with TCB Experience, Travis pays his respects to three of The King's most iconic performances.

Las Vegas - 1970 (11/13/15 8pm)

At the International Hotel in Las Vegas, the 1970 That's Not The Way It Is concerts marked Elvis's return after years of Hollywood films. Elvis put on what attendees called a mesmerizing show. Video of the concerts, along with rehearsals and candid footage of Elvis would be compiled and released as a documentary film. Relive the profound talent of Elvis and his crew, as well as the undeniable chemistry Elvis had with those Vegas audiences.


Madison Square Garden - 1972 (11/14/15 1pm)

The first time Elvis returned to the Big Apple since the 1950s, the four Madison Square Garden shows in June of 1972 were sold out - reaching over 80,000 fans. George Harrison, David Bowie, and Bruce Springsteen were in attendance for the MSG show. A recording of those shows was released a week later and topped the charts, and ultimately went triple platinum. The MSG shows are arguably the most powerful performances of Elvis's career.


Aloha From Hawaii - 1973 (11/14/15 8pm)

Elvis became the first single performer to be broadcast live via satellite round the world in his Aloha From Hawaii special on January 14, 1973. The broadcast would air in over 40 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia, reaching over one billion viewers. No expense was spared in what was the most expensive musical production to date - costing over $2.5 million. And Elvis's performance was priceless. Having just turned 38 years of age days before, Elvis was at the peak of his career. Thirty songs included I'll Remember You, which raised over $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund, displaying Elvis' heart for charity. Also among the songs was American Trilogy, performed in the stunning Eagle jumpsuit, is one of the most compelling and patriotic renditions ever delivered.

Reserved for each performance is $25. The VIP section in the balcony is $25. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Prior to each show, there will be a meet and greet with Travis and the other performers. Attendees will have an opportunity to take pictures with them and listen as they share stories from the road. The cost to attend is $20.

Fans wishing to attend all three shows can for a total ticket price of $60. These VIP tickets are only avaialable over the phone.

The Embers Christmas Show
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015

The Embers at the Temple
Live Music Family Friendly

There are many bands or groups today yet few that are considered a musical institution. The Embers have solidified their position as a thriving musical entity leaving their mark on listeners for decades.

The Embers boast numerous albums and single releases that span decades and all the crazes continuing to exhibit top quality showmanship, musicianship and professionalism. Having been inducted into the South Carolina Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and most recently the South Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame, The Embers are honored to carry the moniker of North Carolina’s Official Ambassadors of Music.

On November 24th, these Carolina treasures come to town and put their own beach twist on the Christmas classics. Don't miss it!

The doors will open at 6:30. Reserved seating is $20. For reservations, click here or call 919-774-4155.

VIP Seating is available for $30 and includes a pre-show meet and greet with the band. These VIP passes ARE NOT available online.

Tommy Edwards & The Bluegrass Experience
Dec 31, 2015

Tommy Edwards & The Bluegrass Experience at Sounds on Steele 2015

Tommy Edwards & The Bluegrass Experience have been ringing in the New Year at the Temple for nearly 20 years. The host of Life 103.1's "Bluegrass Saturday Night" is Tommy Edwards, lead singer and guitarist for The Bluegrass Experience, one of the Southeast's most respected traditional music groups. The program features both classic and contemporary bluegrass recordings as well as interviews with people associated with the music and a calendar of traditional music events in the Heart of Carolina. Having performed professionally for over 35 years, Edwards brings a wealth of knowledge about his favorite music to the program. He was twice named World Champion Bluegrass Guitarist and has recorded or performed live with an array of bluegrass greats, including Jimmy Martin, Bobby Hicks, Peter Rowan, Jimmy Mills, Dan Crary, Jack Lawrence, and Mike Cross. He has recorded four albums with The Bluegrass Experience and has three solo discs with a new one scheduled for release in the spring of this year (2009). In addition to his musical activities, Edwards served the Randolph and Chatham County Schools for 30 years as a middle grades teacher, coach, and administrator. He and his wife Cindy are respected collectors of and authorities on the traditional pottery of central North Carolina. They operated an antiques business in Pittsboro for over 25 years. He served as a trustee of Central Carolina Community College for 12 years and has been a member and officer of several area non-profits, including ChathamArts, Chatham Trades, the Chatham Historical Association, and a regional dispute settlement organization. Edwards knows "whereof he speaks" when it comes to bluegrass – and listeners throughout the region tune in every week to hear the music and the stories from the latest and the best in North Carolina bluegrass.

Call the Temple Theatre Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here.

James Gregory
Thursday, Jan 21, 2016

James Gregory at the Temple
Comedy Family Friendly
Sponsored by Harris & Company Insurance, and All Digital Printing


James Gregory, dubbed “The Funniest Man in America,” has been performing home-spun comedy to sold-out crowds for over 25 years. Delivering common-sense wisdom, old-fashioned values and politically incorrect humor, Gregory is known for inspiring fanatic devotion, whether it’s the first or fifteenth
time you’ve seen him.

For over two decades, the unforgettable caricature of this veteran comedian has stood grinning: his shirt untucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience. It’s storytelling at its best - rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch.

Refusing the vulgar and profane, Gregory instead relies on a wry sense of the absurd, a southern accent and universal story-telling, often drawn from his own life, to create an evening of non-stop laughter. The ridiculous, the common, and sometimes even the simplest events all become hilarious in the hands of this master storyteller and world-class comedian. Gregory’s broad appeal to audiences of diverse ages and backgrounds has led to a remarkable list of achievements and distinctions.

James is heard weekly on syndicated radio shows such as Rick & Bubba, John Boy & Billy, and Bob & Tom. Combined, these shows are broadcast to people in over 220 cities nationwide. As a result, he now has a grass-roots following that numbers in the millions.

Temple Theatre proudly welcomes the Funniest Man in America, James Gregory! Doors open at 7:00 for this 8pm show. Reserved seating is $30. Tickets are on sale now! Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or CLICK HERE to order online.