A documentary about Edenton’s costliest recorded natural disaster is returning next month to the big screen.
Edenton’s Taylor Theater is hosting two free showings of “Isabel 20,” a 71-minute documentary that covers the lead up to Hurricane Isabel’s landfall in 2003, devastation caused during the storm and post-hurricane recovery.
The documentary, which was first screened earlier this month, features the stories of Edenton and Chowan County residents who lived through what turned out to be the most intense and deadly hurricane of the 2003 season.
Isabel pummeled Hatteras and Ocracoke islands up through the Inner Banks of North Carolina and north through the Tidewater of Virginia and Maryland.
The storm flooded homes and businesses in Edenton’s downtown historic core, wiped out nearly 60% of Chowan County’s tree cover, and left behind $200 million in property damage in the community.
“Everyone has an Isabel story — so we encourage the public, particularly Chowan County and northeast North Carolina residents to make an effort to come out and watch the film, which has become a wonderful oral history project,” Tyler Newman, Edenton’s public information officer, said in a release.
The documentary will be shown on one screen at 2 p.m. Jan. 6 and again at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 18 on both of the theater’s screens.
Ticket stubs will be handed to viewers on a first-come, first-serve basis prior to the showings. Seating is limited and interested viewers are encouraged to arrive early.
Closed captioning or hard-of-hearing access is not currently available. Cameras are not permitted in the theater.