Pioneer Theater

115 Budleigh Street,
Manteo, NC 27954

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Functions: Live Music Venue, Live Theater, Movies (First Run), Special Events

Styles: Tudor Revival

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Pioneer Theater

Originally opened in Manteo, NC, in 1918 by George W. Creef Jr. It moved to it’s current location in 1937 and was owned and operated by George’s son Herbert Creef, Sr. It has been continuously owned and operated by the Creef family ever since, now being operated by H.A. Creef, Jr., with the help of his son Buddy (Herbert Creef III).

The Pioneer Theater catered to the local community and shows no R rated movies to maintain it’s predominantly family, teen, and child patronage. In spring of 2007, tickets were $5.00 for adults and children alike, and the most expensive thing at the concession stand is $1.00. It is a home town, large single screen movie house of days gone by and still reflected the past in it’s family friendly pricing. It was closed on November 16, 2022 with “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”. It reopened in May 2023.

Contributed by Buddy Creef

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

Kris4077 on February 9, 2016 at 10:11 am

Here is the link to the photo I promised over 2 years ago:

Sorry I work very, very, very, very slow!LOL

Kris4077 on February 9, 2016 at 10:20 am

And her is another link with another pic with a newer marquis:

dallasmovietheaters on December 14, 2022 at 7:00 pm

The 104-year tradition has ended. The Pioneer Theatre in Manteo last showed a film on November 16, 2022 with “Wakanda Forever.” A temporary closure occurred for a projector issue. But on December 13, 2022, the management decided to make the closure permanent ending the Pioneer’s run - one of the nation’s longest running movie theaters.

DavidZornig on May 25, 2024 at 11:44 am

Reopened in May 2023 for films, music and live events. Official website and Facebook page below.

Patsy on May 25, 2024 at 11:46 am

Wish there was a way to turn posted links blue so we could simply tap on it to view.

DavidZornig on May 25, 2024 at 11:49 am

You can highlight them then click Open In New Tab. Or copy and paste them into your browser. Unfortunately I do not know how to paste them as clickable links. I just copy and paste them here.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 26, 2024 at 6:17 am

To post a link Fill in the name of the link in the [] and the address of the link in ()

Patsy on May 26, 2024 at 6:19 am

Thank you, Ken. Great to see your post from England

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 26, 2024 at 10:41 am

David type in a [ and then type in the name you wish to link and close it] then without a space you add a ( and type in the address then close with a )

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 26, 2024 at 2:18 pm

Don’t leave any spaces between [ & )

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