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Howell Theatre - Downtown Smithfield NC

Howell Theatre - Downtown Smithfield NC The Howell Theatre has been in operation since 1935. We are THE oldest continually operating movie theatre in NC. https://www.howellmovies.com/our-history

We are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We are open any day that the Johnston County Public Schools are closed for holiday, Springbreak, or the Summer (June-August). We open Thursday evenings If there is an early preimier of a feature that starts the following Friday. We post our schedule weekly on Facebook and you can also find our schedule at:
https://www.howellmovies.com/

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We are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We are open any day that the Johnston County Public Schools are closed for holiday, Springbreak, or the Summer (June-August). We open Thursday evenings If there is an early preimier of a feature that starts the following Friday. We post our schedule weekly on Facebook and you can also find our schedule at:
https://www.howellmovies.com/

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Operating as usual

The adventure started in 1993 with Jurassic Park.  Tonight, the Howell Theatre presentsJURASSIC WORLD: DOMINIONCome out ...
06/09/2022

The adventure started in 1993 with Jurassic Park. Tonight, the Howell Theatre presents
JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION

Come out and enjoy the next adventure just as you started it in 1993, at THE HOWELL THEATRE.

You can purchase your tickets in person or online.

06/07/2022

LIGHTYEAR
STARTS FRIDAY JUNE 17
TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT HOWELLMOVIES.COM

***EARLY SHOW THURSDAY JUNE 16***

https://fb.watch/dv8RKCYoaG/

06/06/2022
Howell Theatre Summer of 2022

SUMMER 2022 AT THE HOWELL THEATRE IN DOWNTOWN SMITHFIELD
TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY - THURSDAY at 10AM
COME SEE A KID FRIENDLY MOVIE FOR ONLY $1

06/03/2022

JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION

***EARLY SHOW THURSDAY JUNE 9th***
4:00 - 6:00 - 7:30

starting Friday June 10th
12:30 - 2:00 - 4:00 - 6:00 - 7:30

https://fb.watch/dq2O8QgOkN/

STARTING FRIDAY JUNE 3rd TOP GUN MAVERICK (downstairs)DOWNTON ABBEY (downstairs)BAD GUYS DR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE of...
05/31/2022

STARTING FRIDAY JUNE 3rd

TOP GUN MAVERICK (downstairs)
DOWNTON ABBEY (downstairs)
BAD GUYS
DR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE of MADNESS

Our Summer Program starts this week with MINIONS (Tuesday - Thursday at 10am for only $1)

we will start being open 7 days a week.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK(PG-13, 2 hr 11 min)Get your tickets in advance NOW at HOWELLMOVIES.COM*** EARLY SHOW THURSDAY MAY 26 *...
05/03/2022
Top Gun 2 Maverick FINAL EXTENDED TRAILER

TOP GUN: MAVERICK
(PG-13, 2 hr 11 min)

Get your tickets in advance NOW at HOWELLMOVIES.COM
*** EARLY SHOW THURSDAY MAY 26 ***
*** 5:00 & 6:30 PM ***

STARTING FRIDAY MAY 27th
Friday - "MONDAY!"
12:30 - 3:00 - 3:45 - 6:30 - 7:00
Main Floor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1KJNW-iYlE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1KJNW-iYlE

Top Gun Maverick final trailer + behind-the-scenes footage starring Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman with Ed...

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW atHOWELLMOVIES.COMDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
04/30/2022

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW at
HOWELLMOVIES.COM

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

THE BAD GUYSStarts Friday April 22 Get your tickets in advance atHOWELLMOVIES.COMShowtime Friday - Sunday:12:30 - 1:00 -...
04/21/2022
THE BAD GUYS | Official Trailer 2

THE BAD GUYS
Starts Friday April 22
Get your tickets in advance at
HOWELLMOVIES.COM

Showtime Friday - Sunday:
12:30 - 1:00 - 3:00 - 3:30 - 6:00
MAIN FLOOR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpDuBXB_glk

The Bad Guys - Only In Theaters April 22Nobody has ever failed so hard at trying to be good as The Bad Guys.In the new action comedy from DreamWorks Animatio...

03/29/2022

Looking for something for the kids to do during the summer?

Some people restore old cars. Me? I like historical buildings.   Theaters 1 & 4 recent updates... now on to the next pro...
03/15/2022

Some people restore old cars. Me? I like historical buildings. Theaters 1 & 4 recent updates... now on to the next project.

On this day in 1935, The Howell Theatre first opened her doors.  This weekend we will celebrate our 87th Anniversary.  C...
02/04/2022

On this day in 1935, The Howell Theatre first opened her doors. This weekend we will celebrate our 87th Anniversary. Come in this weekend and say "Happy Birthday to The Howell Theatre" and you'll get a 10% discount on your concessions.

We look forward to celebrating our birthday with you!

The Howell Theatre would once again like to congratulate a former employee, Emilyann Marsh. A few weeks ago I congratula...
01/16/2022

The Howell Theatre would once again like to congratulate a former employee, Emilyann Marsh. A few weeks ago I congratulated her for her work on Spider-Man No Way Home. She's been busy.

W E L C O ME

Your 37th Miss Johnston County - Emilyann Marsh

Miss Johnston County’s Outstanding Teen - Hayden Pearson

Miss Cleveland - Faith May

Miss Cleveland’s Outstanding Teen - Madison McVey

Welcome to the family and we can’t wait to spend the year with you!

#missjoco #missjocoot #misscleveland #missclevelandot #missnc #mcoteen

The Howell Theatre would like to recognize Emilyann Marsh for her awesome work on Spider-Man No Way Home.Emilyann grew u...
12/22/2021

The Howell Theatre would like to recognize Emilyann Marsh for her awesome work on Spider-Man No Way Home.
Emilyann grew up coming to the Howell Theatre and also previously worked here as well. So the dream of every theatre worker is to one day see their name on the Big Screen.
As a Visual Effects Production Assistant, she has achieved her goal.
CONGRATULATIONS EMILYANN!!!

10AM SATURDAY MORNINGONLY AT THE HOWELL THEATRE IN DOWNTOWN SMITHFIELDONLY $6
11/26/2021

10AM SATURDAY MORNING
ONLY AT THE HOWELL THEATRE
IN DOWNTOWN SMITHFIELD
ONLY $6

Sensory Friendly showing ofRON'S GONE WRONGSaturday October 23 at 10ONLY at The Howell TheatreWhat is Sensory Friendly?S...
10/15/2021

Sensory Friendly showing of
RON'S GONE WRONG
Saturday October 23 at 10
ONLY at The Howell Theatre

What is Sensory Friendly?

Sensory-friendly performances are designed to provide a supportive and judgment-free environment for people affected by sensory processing challenges so they may enjoy the shared experience of live theatre.

• Lower sound level
• Lights remain on at a low level in the theatre during the performance
• Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance

10/11/2021

Good afternoon Howell Theatre Patrons. I wanted to let the community know that we have a changes coming up.

1: We will be working on the ceilings upstairs starting next week. We'll try and keep the impact on the showtimes to a minimum.

2: We are dropping our ABC license due to the limited sales and the cost of the license. The good news is, our slushie sales did make the cut.

3: We have been open for a year now and attendance on weekdays has not picked up. We will start following the Johnston County Public Schools calendar. If school is out during a weekday, we'll open. Also, if early showings are permitted on Thursday nights for shows starting Friday, we will open as well. The good side of this, it opens up more opportunities for private shows and venues during the week.

As soon as the shows are booked we get them posted. You can always find our schedule at HOWELLMOVIES.COM, on our new app, or even here on our page.

PAW PATROL The MovieStarting Friday August 20Saturday morning at 10:30 AM we will have our special Sensory Friendly show...
08/17/2021

PAW PATROL The Movie

Starting Friday August 20

Saturday morning at 10:30 AM we will have our special Sensory Friendly showing.

See the newest releases at the HOWELL THEATRE
when they first come out and still save money
compared to the big box theaters.

We may not be the biggest theatre in town, but we are
the most affordable.
Seniors (60+): $6.00
Children (3-12): $6.00
Matinee $6.00 (before 6PM)
Adults: $8.50 (starting at 6PM)
Special Tuesday Matinee $4
Veterans Discount On Concessions
Veteran Owned / Family Operated
NO OUTSIDE FOOD or BEVERAGES ALLOWED

Come see a show for only $4 during Tuesday matinees, ONLY at THE HOWELL THEATRE
08/10/2021

Come see a show for only $4 during Tuesday matinees, ONLY at THE HOWELL THEATRE

Disney's Jungle Cruise starts Thursday night at 7PM at the Howell Theatre and Saturday morning at 10AM we will have our ...
07/26/2021

Disney's Jungle Cruise starts Thursday night at 7PM at the Howell Theatre and Saturday morning at 10AM we will have our special Sensory Friendly showing.

The HOWELL THEATRE has regained its premier first run movie status after 16 years. We now have new movies coming in every week or two.
See the newest releases at the HOWELL THEATRE when they first come out and still save money compared to the big box theaters.
We may not be the biggest theatre in town, but we are the most affordable.
Seniors (60+): $6.00
Children (3-12): $6.00
Matinee $6.00 (before 6PM)
Adults: $8.50 (starting at 6PM)
Special Tuesday Matinee $4
Veterans Discount On Concessions
Veteran Owned / Family Operated
NO OUTSIDE FOOD or BEVERAGES ALLOWED

$4 Tuesday Matinee ONLY at THE HOWELL THEATRE
07/20/2021

$4 Tuesday Matinee ONLY at THE HOWELL THEATRE

This Saturday morning (7/17) at 10:30 AMThe Howell Theatre presents a Sensory Friendly showing of SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGAC...
07/14/2021

This Saturday morning (7/17) at 10:30 AM
The Howell Theatre presents a Sensory Friendly showing of

SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY

If you miss the Pre-Covid ticket price come out on Tuesday!
06/29/2021

If you miss the Pre-Covid ticket price come out on Tuesday!

06/26/2021

PSA: Due to a request from one of our customers,
TUESDAY @ 1PM CRUELLA will be moved downstairs
F9 will be moved upstairs for this one showing.

If we ever have a movie playing upstairs and you or a friend are unable to use the stairs, let us know. Most of the time, we can move shows around during the weekdays if we have enough notice.

Saturday July 3rd at 10:30 our next Sensory Friendly showing is Boss Baby Family Business.We may not be the biggest thea...
06/22/2021

Saturday July 3rd at 10:30 our next Sensory Friendly showing is Boss Baby Family Business.

We may not be the biggest theatre in town, but we are the most affordable.

Get your tickets in person or at Howellmovies.com
Providing quality entertainment at an affordable price since 1935.

Seniors (60+): $6.00
Children (3-12): $6.00
Matinee $6.00 (before 6PM)
Adults: $8.50 (starting at 6PM)
Special Tuesday Matinee $4
Veterans Discount On Concessions
Veteran Owned / Family Operated
NO OUTSIDE FOOD or BEVERAGES ALLOWED

PETER RABBIT 2 - THE RUNAWAYSensory Friendly at The Howell Theatre(6/12) Saturday @10.30a.m Lights Up - Sound Down
06/08/2021

PETER RABBIT 2 - THE RUNAWAY
Sensory Friendly at The Howell Theatre
(6/12) Saturday @10.30a.m
Lights Up - Sound Down

SPIRIT UNTAMEDSensory Friendly at The Howell Theatre(6/5) Saturday @1030a.m Lights Up - Sound Down
05/31/2021

SPIRIT UNTAMED
Sensory Friendly at The Howell Theatre
(6/5) Saturday @1030a.m
Lights Up - Sound Down

Our website is back up. Let us know if you like the new concept. https://howellmovies.com/
05/29/2021
Howell Theatre

Our website is back up. Let us know if you like the new concept.
https://howellmovies.com/

Ticket Prices   Matinee (Before 6:00PM) All Tickets: $6.00 Evening (Starting at 6:00PM) Adults: $8.50 Seniors (60+): $6.00 Children (3-12): $6.00 ** Children 2 & under are free,if seating is available. The Howell Theatre Rewards Program: Rewarding you for staying local! Use our app and earn points....

Address

141 S 3rd St
Smithfield, NC
27577

Opening Hours

Friday 1pm - 11pm
Saturday 1pm - 11pm
Sunday 1pm - 10:30pm

Products

Normal Operating Hours are Friday - Sunday HOWEVER if schools are open, so are we.

Matinee (Before 6:00PM)
All Tickets: $6.00

Evening (After 6:00PM)
Adults: $8.50
Seniors (65+): $6.00
Children (3-12): $6.00

** Children 2 & Under are free (1 per adult)

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Special Tuesday Matinee (before 6pm) $4 for everyone
(plus tax)

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History of The Howell Theatre

The Howell Theatre opened to much fanfare on Monday, February 4, 1935 with a special ceremony between showings of The Night Is Young, starring Ramon Navarro and Evelyn Laye. Owner and operator Henry Paul (H.P.) Howell (Pictured Below) spent $50,000 to build Downtown Smithfield's second movie theatre at the time, which located across the street from its first, also owned by Howell. The Lyric was Downtown Smithfield's first movie theatre when it opened in 1918, and by 1922, its name had changed to The Victory.

The Howell Theatre provided seating in one auditorium for 900, including 650 on the main floor, and 250 in the balcony. The building's art deco facade was made of brick and stucco with a marquee and exterior ticket sales booth. The interior featured velvet draperies, a gold malin screen curtain, and a large stage. The theatre was a destination for moviegoers, but also for people wanting to see live entertainment, including jugglers, dancers, and live bands. The era of the 1930s was a golden one for movies, but Howell was sensitive to the economic position of Johnston County's people following the Great Depression, developing a bus route to provide transportation for those who didn't have it. During the same time, in a stroke of marketing genius, Howell operated a jackpot which could reach as much as $500. Thousands of names were in the pot, and if the person whose name was called was not at the movie, more money was added. The Howell Theatre also broadcast the popular radio program, "Amos and Andy," prior to the house lights being dimmed to start the movies.

In August 1949, the Howell Theatre hosted the world premiere of The Great Sinner, starring Smithfield native Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck. Tickets were by invitation only, with the show opening in New York City the following day. Gardner was unable to attend, but she sent Howell a signed photograph, now on display at the Ava Gardner Museum, of her with the tickets.

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I’m itching at the thought of walking through these halls again. Most people say they found a favorite movie from a family member, from an old flame, from a friend. But I am one of the lucky ones to have a favorite theater. This is the Mecca of theaters breeding film lovers, creators,& supports! It was the first place where I had learned what my path in life should be. My love of history, stories,& the art of telling them. I have moved everywhere in the USA but not one theater has been able to create so many memories with ease as Howell Theatre! My creativity was developed on on weekends when my pappy and I would pop in and select a movie to see purely by the title. Go on crazy journeys and open our eyes to comedy, drama, romance, and horror. The smell of popcorn in a authentic theater popcorn machine was always a treat. We wouldn’t need to buy hotdogs, pizza, or burgers with our experience because leaving Howell after a show directed you right into a late dinner where you talk about what you have experienced. In the times I look back I have had so many jobs but never did I once break the seal of working in the industry that gave me my way because they could not compete with Howell! An area where tickets were ripped, popcorn was poppin, the patrons were smiling, and the feeling of excitement hits when the lights go dim! I’m excited to journey back to my hometown to see what the next generation of Smith Field patrons get to envelop with this face lift! Howell Theater is my youthful memories, showing me that creativity can’t be taught’ I can’t wait to get there and let the emotions rush right back in. Howell Theater..........I’ll be seeing you.
Local cheer leaders needed!
We sure miss y’all! And your popcorn!! 🎥 🍿 🥤 🍫
I want to send $$ support to the places I frequent and appreciate, even though I cannot go there now. Kind of an investment in the future. Are you going to open an online way to do that?
My husband & I visited this theatre for the first time recently. I am in a wheelchair & this place is not handicap friendly. My wheelchair barely fit thru the front door & would not fit in the ladies room at all. I had to “walk” in (I can do this a little bit), there were no handicap railings in either of the two stalls & no taller handicap toilet (taller than regular). I almost never got up off of the toilet; it was VERY difficult. My husband saw a large cockroach in the men’s room & said he will never go back. It’s a shame because they were showing movies we wanted to see that weren’t being shown at any other theaters in the area.
Will you be posting the schedule on here or your website for your summer kids movie program?
What movies are downstairs today?
Starting Friday (2/1) we have two new features ** SECOND ACT ** & ** WELCOME TO MARWEN **. ALL MOVIES ONLY $4 Also for our special needs customers, THIS SATURDAY FEBRUARY 2 we will have our next Sensory Friendly show at 10AM - RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET.
Starting Friday Feb 1 Welcome to Marwen - PG-13 (Upstairs theatre IV) Friday - Saturday: 1:00 & 5:30 Monday - Tuesday: 4:30 Wednesday - Thursday: 7:00 One Week Only Sign up for our newsletter at Howellmovies.com to have our schedule emailed each week.
We went there tonight loved it. Very nice place :)
I have a granddaughter who is 15 months old is the price still 4$ for her to get in.
Starting Friday October 19 THE MEG THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS Don't forget to download our APP and sign up for our news letter (sometimes it might have a coupon). If we get 200 shares/likes/comments by noon Friday (10/19), we'll give away a date night special (2 tickets 7 a large combo).