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Carolina Theatre

  • 309 W Morgan St, Downtown Durham
  • I-85 Exit 177
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • Primary: (919) 560-3030

Situated in the heart of Downtown Durham, this Beaux Arts-style building includes Fletcher Hall, restored to its original 1926 décor, which houses live performances by musicians, comics, speakers, theater companies, and special series like the Arts Discovery Educational Series, which are stage performances designed to augment traditional classroom learning with presentations of dance, classic works like Charlotte’s Web, and other pieces.

The building also includes two adjacent cinemas that screen newly released films and classic works from cinema history in the Retro Film Series. These screens are also home to annual film festivals like the nationally renowned Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and the Nevermore Film Festival of horror movies.

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  • Miles to RDU Airport: 15.0
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  • Avg. Tour Length: 45 minutes
  • Group Rates: Free Admission for tours, ticket prices vary for concerts and other events.
  • Scheduling Policy: Minimum of 2 weeks in advance, according to theatre schedule.
  • Tour Type: Guided
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Carolina Theatre Meeting Facility
  • # of Rooms: 5
  • Total Sqft.: 14,754
  • Largest Room: 125
  • Theatre Capacity: 1,032
  • Classroom Capacity: 80
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  • Number of Booths: 8
  • Reception Capacity: 125
  • Ceiling: 50
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Meeting Facility Rooms
Cinema II
26 X 43
Cinema I
56 X 64
Connie Moses Ballroom
48 X 22
Fletcher Hall Auditorium
192 X 140
Donor Lounge (Upper Balcony Lobby Ballroom)
48 X 22


Part of the RetroTreasures Film Series.

Triangle Youth Ballet - The Nutcracker

The Triangle Youth Ballet of Chapel Hill presents the 123 year old Russian ballet. Live Music by the Tchaikovsky Virtuosi.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker! "Knock Out..and... Hot Ticket!" raves the New York Times. Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical …

A Celestial Christmas

Celebrate the many aspects of Christmas with music by Sir Karl Jenkins, a composer who pushes the boundaries of classical, commercial, and geographical styles. Performed by VOICES with Soprano …

BIGG Holiday Mashup

Get ready for an hour and a half of pure holiday joy! This family-friendly variety show will feature storytelling, music, dance, comedy and inspiration – all hosted by Inspire MEdia Network, …

RetroEpics Film Festival

  • Carolina Theatre
  • (919) 560-3030

Epic Movies are movie movies. These movies are what make Hollywood Hollywood. These movies are so big they need italic emphasis. They can't even be described with sentences that don't end in an …

The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle

A Chest of Hidden Treasures: E. Grieg Lyric Suite G. Menotti Sebastian J. Raff Symphony No. 3 "In the Forest"

Season 8: The Queens

Get ready for the Drag Race contestants from Season 8 performing live on stage hosted by S8 winner Bob The Drag Queen, along with runners up Kim Chi & Naomi Smalls, plus Chi Chi DeVayne, Thorgy …

Sarah Silverman

Two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Silverman is one of the most versatile talents in entertainment, with credits including that of actress, creator, writer, executive producer, comedian, and author. …


Durham County, The City of Durham & Campaign4Change present a community day of workshops and performance art on topics related to crime and law enforcement. Sister to Sister Empowerment …

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

The HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE is a family band consisting of seven blood brothers who began their musical training at the tender ages of four and five by their father, jazz trumpeter/band leader K…

An Evening with Pat Metheny

20 time Grammy winning guitarist Pat Metheny has announced an extended run of dates around the world for 2016 under the auspices of “An Evening with Pat Metheny”. Recently inducted into …

The Second City

From Mike Myers to Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey - The Second City imprint is felt across every entertainment medium. Additionally, The Second City has grown well beyond a single stage t…

Wiser A Cappella Jam

Contemporary a cappella music is sweeping the nation, and Durham Academy's annual A Cappella Jam has led the charge here in the Triangle! Their fourth year in the Carolina Theatre promises more g…

Marc Maron

For over twenty years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-­provoking comedy for print, stage, radio, online and television. A legend in the stand-up community, …

Valerie June

It’s been a long night if that’s what happened,” Valerie June laughs when asked about her seemingly overnight breakout in the UK. By the time she released her debut album, …

John Waters - This Filthy World, Dirtier and Filthier

Visionary filmmaker and one-of-a-kind personality JOHN WATERS (Cry Baby, Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Female Trouble, and Hairspray) is bringing his hit show John Waters: This Filthy World: Filthier …

Bobby Bones

Bobby Bones is an American on-air radio personality and entertainer. He is the host of the nationally syndicated weekday radio program The Bobby Bones Show, originating out of WSIX-FM in Nashville, …

An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums and has five Grammy nominations. His songs have been aired regularly for 50 years, earning him Radio Singles Chart Positions in North America achieved by few …

Anime-Magic Film Series

For decades, anime was produced by and for Japan---a local product, with a distinct look-and-feel to not just the artwork but the storytelling, the themes, and the concepts. Over the last fifty …

The Zombies: Odessey and Oracle 50th Anniversary Finale Tour

The second UK group following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America, The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with the sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy …

Stephin Merritt & The Magnetic Fields

Stephin Merritt has been called "a contrarian pop genius" (The New York Times). With his intricate lyrics and distinctive languid bass voice, Merritt is a true original of the musical …

Black Violin

The opening and title track to Stereotypes, the major-label debut by Black Violin, serves as a mission statement for an ambitious and groundbreaking group. Wil Baptiste (viola) and Kev Marcus …

The Durham Savoyards Ltd. present Grand Duke

  Triangle audiences have long enjoyed watching the multi-talented members of Durham Savoyards sing, dance, and frolic their way through the works of Gilbert & Sullivan.

Rhythmic Innovations

The dancers of the globe-trotting North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE) will strut their stuff for local audiences at their annual shows. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.ncyte.org

Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604