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Raleigh area bars, movie theaters re-opening in Phase 3

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The Rialto Theatre kept us inspired with marquee quotes as the Five Points movie theater’s screens stayed dark since March. Now, it’s among the businesses permitted to re-open under Phase 3 restrictions, which went into effect last Friday.

Bars may also re-open under Phase 3, but only outdoors at 30% capacity. Here’s a list of Raleigh bars and movie theaters re-opening in Phase 3, which will be updated. Send tips, potential additions to editor@raleighconvergence.com.

Rialto Theatre

Re-opens this Friday with showings of Sofia Coppola’s “On the Rocks” and a Steve Nicks concert film. Popcorn pickup for those who are movie watching at home will still be available. [website]

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WE’RE BACK (October 9th) and we sincerely hope that Bilbo Baggins was right in saying ‘I do believe the worst is behind us’! While Bilbo’s unexpected journey took him to places he had never seen, our unexpected journey was no further than our front door! Following the Governor’s recent statement we are so excited that we will be able to open and welcome our loyal patrons back to The Historic Rialto. We will, of course, be doing everything we can to make your movie experience a safe experience. We are not only following the National Theater Association’s guidelines (CinemaSafe) but are putting even more stringent procedures in place including MERV 13 HVAC filters to help scrub the air(see our website for full details http://newsite.ambassadorcinemas.com/covid-19-status/). Masks will be required at all times in the theatre except while enjoying concessions in your seat. Masks will be available for purchase for $1 if you forget yours! Tickets are currently on sale online or at our box office for shows beginning October 9th. Grab yours today! (http://newsite.ambassadorcinemas.com/rialto-theatre/) ON THE ROCKS (R) 1 hour 36 minutes Adventure, Comedy, Drama Director: Sofia Coppola Writer: Sofia Coppola Stars: Bill Murray, Rashida Jones, Marlon Wayans A young mother reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York. Friday 10/9: 1:30, 7:30 Saturday 10/10: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 Sunday 10/11: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 Friday 10/16: 1:30, 7:30 Saturday 10/17: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 Sunday 10/18: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 STEVE NICKS 24 KARAT GOLD THE CONCERT (NA) 2 hours 11 minutes Concert film Director: Joe Thomas Starring: Stevie Nicks Rock & Roll Hall of Fame icon Stevie Nicks brings her legendary music to the big screen when Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold The Concert comes to the Historic Rialto Theatre for two nights only on October 21st & 22nd! Wednesday 10/21: 7:30 Thursday 10/22: 7:30 A deep thank you to everyone who helped support the Rialto through these challenges. We are beyond delighted to welcome everyone back!I am glad to have shared in your perils – Bilbo Baggins

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Dram & Draught

The Glenwood South cocktail and whiskey bar re-opened its patio last weekend.

Vita Vite

The wine bar (and art gallery and event spaces), announced they’ll re-open the first of their two locations Tuesday, Vita Vite Midtown. Stay tuned for news on their Downtown Raleigh location.


The longtime Raleigh favorite is re-opening Thursday with outdoor seating. The hours will be 4-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Johnson Street Yacht Club

The “salty” bar re-opened Wednesday for patio seating. New hours: 3-10 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays.

Watts & Ward

The speakeasy-style bar in Downtown Raleigh will be re-opening its outdoor space on Thursday, with a new cocktail menu.

The Haymaker

The Downtown Raleigh cocktail bar announced it re-opened Thursday night, with outdoor seating only.

William & Co. re-opens

This post will be updated.

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Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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