Special Alert

Confronting Change Exhibit at the Carolina Theatre

  • 309 W Morgan St, Downtown Durham
  • 2nd Floor Balcony Level
  • I-85 Exit 177
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • Primary: (919) 560-3030

"The Confronting Change" exhibit, chronicling the 85-year history of the Carolina Theatre complex, the fascinating history of Durham’s beloved theater is told through historic photos, reproductions of original blueprints, playbills and advertisements, and informational panels that recount the construction, life, and later restorations of the building.

The Carolina Theatre was the first theater in Durham to admit African Americans, though they were initially segregated and used a separate staircase to reach the balcony, which was the only seating available to them.

"Confronting Change" tells how taking no for an answer was not an option for the heroes that lined Durham streets in protest in the 1960s. The permanent exhibit depicts the history of segregation at the theater and provides a glimpse into the efforts to integrate the city-owned theater between 1961 and 1963.

Free tours may be scheduled by calling Rebeka at 919-560-3040 x237.

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  • Miles to RDU Airport: 15.0
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Group Tour Info
  • 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
16
1000.00
49
Cinema I
56 X 64
20
2700.00
226
Connie Moses Ballroom
48 X 22
24
1056.00
100
80
90
125
Fletcher Hall Auditorium
192 X 140
50
8942.00
1032
80
80
125
Donor Lounge (Upper Balcony Lobby Ballroom)
48 X 22
12
1056.00
100
80
90
125
Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604