The longest continuously operating movie theatre in North Carolina, the Howell Theatre has been a Downtown Smithfield staple since 1935!
As of October 2021, the Howell is once again a first-run theatre, which means you can catch the latest releases there!  Recent renovations include the removal of some seats in the upstairs theatres to allow for more leg room and the addition of tables, huge improvements to and modernization of the restrooms, the addition of a handicap-accessible restroom, and making the theatre entrance handicap-accessible.  As always, you'll find the best popcorn in town at the Howell!
141 S. Third Street
Smithfield, NC 27577
(919) 938-1201
One of Two Downstairs Theatres
One of Two Upstais Theatres
As a Main Street America Affiliateâ„¢, the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is part of a national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities that share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
Community ms vertical color logoSmithfield is a North Carolina Main Street community, designated by the N.C. Department of Commerce Main Street & Rural Planning Center. The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is charged with administering the program at the local level and building public-private partnerships to spur economic development that achieves measurable results such as investment, business growth, and job creation.