Issue with Disney resolved, Pioneer to re-open May 13

By on May 10, 2022

Pioneer Theatre Manteo, NC

May 10 at 7 pm update: Great news!! After a conversation with Walt Disney, we agreed there was a lack of communication about our staffing situation, and we will be starting Dr Strange this coming Friday night, May 13th.


Manteo’s Pioneer Theater closed, will re-open no later than May 27

May 10 at 10:55 am: A series of recent posts on the Pioneer Theater Facebook page by owner Buddy Creef explains the temporary closure of the iconic 104-year-old Manteo cinema. These posts started on May 6 with a message that due to a lack of staff and feeling “sluggish after a medical procedure,” Creef was planning on shutting down the theater until May 10. The most recent post, on the morning of May 10, details Creef’s argument with Disney’s decision to cancel a three-week booking of Dr. Strange in the theater because it was closed for the movie’s opening weekend.  (Pioneer Theatre in Manteo Facebook page)

In terms of the current status of the theater, this May 9 post has the information.

“Well, we were planning on being back open tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 10th, featuring the Marvel movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness; however, Walt Disney Studios saw our Facebook post and decided to cancel our contract to show this movie for three weeks because we were unable screen this feature opening weekend. Soooo, we are currently closed trying to figure out what we are going to do until May 26th. If we come up with a plan B, we will let you know asap, but worst-case scenario, we will be screening the new Top Gun movie starting Friday, May 27th, and will hopefully have the new Jurassic World movie after that. Sorry for the unexpected and unprecedented studio change in contract terms and schedule. I love all of you, I am so sorry, I am so embarrassed, and, as always, Peace, Love and Popcorn. Please like and share this post to get the word out about our unfortunate change in schedule.”




County Dare, North Carolina
Dare County Tourism Board

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Visitors Bureau will hold a public meeting to review the plans for an Outer Banks Event Center. The meeting will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Keeper’s Galley building at Haven on the Banks, 115 Dove Street, Nags Head North Carolina 27959.

Still in the conceptual phase, the Event Center is intended to provide suitable and flexible space for year-round events, concerts, sports, meetings, smaller tradeshows, galas and any number of other uses. Learn more about the benefits for visitors and residents and how the Event Center is planned to complement the new Soundside boardwalk that is being designed.

Staff will be on hand to answer any questions. For additional information, please visit our Event Center FAQ page.


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