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The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is North Carolina’s center for live entertainment and the performing arts. Opened in 2008 as one of the largest centers of its kind in the Carolinas, DPAC hosts hundreds of performances a year, ranging from high profile concerts to Broadway productions, stand-up comedy routines, and festivals. The center is recognized for its contemporary steel and glass design, and features 2,700 seats with intimate sightlines. DPAC’s “Heart of the Arts” community outreach program runs master theater classes for local students, and invites the students to backstage tours, orchestra rehearsals, and post-performance discussions.
The Carolina Theatre is a cinema and performing arts complex, and the only building in downtown Durham designed in the Beaux Arts style. The theater is home to Fletcher Hall–a 1,032-seat auditorium–two screening rooms, and the Connie Moses Ballroom. The seat of one of Durham’s most beloved arts organizations, the theater is known for its distinct architecture, and program of concerts, film screenings, festivals, plays, stand-up comedy, and educational performances.
This comedy club and restaurant has been a great alternative to the dating standby of dinner and a movie since 1983. The club showcases all types of comedians, from newcomers to famous celebrities, while serving guests dinner and drinks specials from an in-house bar and grill. Tables for parties of four or less are offered through general admission on a first-come, first-serve basis, while larger groups are encouraged to make reservations. The club also hosts a comedy academy of stand-up workshops, and a lively schedule of open mic nights. .
Located right next to the Raleigh Convention Center, the Red Hat Amphitheater is a city entertainment venue for live, outdoor events. Located in the heart of the city, the venue is easily accessible and hence the most sought after choice for hosting large scale public events. Be it live concerts, festivals or musicals, this venue has staged it all. This 5500 capacity theater also offers an in-house food and beverages service, making it a completely entertaining and memorable experience. Check website for event schedule and booking information.