The Pioneer Theater

113 Budleigh Street, Manteo
(252) 305-8578

The Pioneer Theatre represents all that was good about the good old days. Fair prices, perfect hot popcorn, wholesome entertainment and friendly folks are the hallmarks of this theater that dates back to 1918. (The original building burned, and this one was built in 1934, and the theater was fun by the same family for 105 years!) It's hard to believe this Manteo icon could get any better, but new owners in 2023 renovated the theater and livened things up, making The Pioneer even more of a community staple than it already was. Movies, from classics to new releases, run nightly at 7 p.m. but there may be other showtimes or special events so check their website or Facebook page. In addition to movies and films, the theater now hosts live music, comedy shows and other events. They still have the legendary popcorn, pellet ice and candy that everyone loves, and now there's a bar and VIP lounge that will be open for some events. There's also a new garden space next to the theater where events will be held. The theater is available to rent for private events.