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Carolina Theatre

  • 309 W Morgan St, Downtown Durham
  • I-85 Exit 177
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • Primary: (919) 560-3030
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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
  • Miles to VIC: 0.20
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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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  • # 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
Donor Lounge (Upper Balcony Lobby Ballroom)
48 X 22
12
1056.00
100
125

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Moviediva Film Series - William A. Seiter's Why Be Good?

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DDI Speaker Series: Boulevarding NC 147

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50th Anniversary 4K REMASTERED version of 1968’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

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Murray & Peter present: War on the Catwalk: The Queens from Season 10

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Chris Isaak

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Taj Mahal

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The Mads are Back

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Moviediva Film Series - Ernst LubItsch’s Ninotchka

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Steven Wright

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The Monti: Heroes & Villains

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Moviediva Film Series - George Cukor's Born Yesterday

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Squirrel Nut Zippers

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Welcome to Night Vale w/ Musical Guest: Mal Blum

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HYPE World Premiere Screening

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Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child Gospel Play

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Randy Rainbow Live

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Moviediva Film Series - Howard Hawk's Monkey Business

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Steven Curtis Chapman

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Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company

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Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle presents: A Toast to Women!

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Buika

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Kathleen Madigan: Boxed Wine and Bigfoot

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Moviediva Film Series - Colin Higgins' Nine to Five

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wellRED Comedy Tour

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Lizz Wright

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A Rocky Horror Picture Show HALLOWEEN BALL

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Take Me To The River - New Orleans Live!: Three Generations, One Stage

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Toto: 40 Trips Around the Sun

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Aida Cuevas + Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán 'Totalmente Juan Gabriel'

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Moviediva Film Series - James L. Brooks' Broadcast News

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Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry Tour

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Family Saturday Series presents Caique Vidal

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Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle presents: Music, Religion, and Philosophy

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Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams

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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

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Squirrel Nut Zippers

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Contemporary Violinists Daniel D. and Eric Stanley Live in Concert

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Family Saturday Series Mad Science

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Family Saturday Series Donna Washington

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Saturday Family Series presents Bull City Slam Team

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Susana Baca

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Saturday Family Series presents Akeelah and the Bee

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Anoushka Shankar

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Angélique Kidjo 'Remain in Light'

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The Gloaming

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Family Saturday Series Usha Rajagopalan

Usha Raj is a storyteller, puppet maker, and a visual artist showcasing rich traditions of India. She is a multi-discipinary Teaching Artist, and shares India's faiths, cultures and traditions …


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Afro-Cuban All Stars

Without the Afro-Cuban All Stars, the world would know a lot less about the musical riches of Cuba. In 1996, popular tres player and bandleader Juan de Marcos González recruited an …


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Family Saturday Series Diary of A Worm, A Spider, & A Fly

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Family Saturday Series Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

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212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
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