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Best Historic Venues in Raleigh/Durham

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North Carolina State Fairgrounds

With more than 344 acres (139 hectares) of land and a total of 398,000 square feet (36,975 square meters) of building space, North Carolina State Fairgrounds is the best rental facility in Raleigh. The fairground consists of many buildings that can host conferences and seminars. Also, the grounds are host to various local festivals, exhibits and trade shows. The North Carolina State Fairgrounds is also famous for its North Carolina State Fair and weekly Fairground Flea Market.

Raleigh, NC, United States
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The Carolina Theatre

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.

Durham, NC, United States
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Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

This magnificent performing arts facility offers entertainment in five specialized venues. The Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, built in 1932, holds about 2277 and is the grand dame of Carolina theaters. The huge chandeliers, floating staircases and comfy, over-sized seats enhance the experience. The Meymandi Concert Hall is an acoustic titan and home to the North Carolina Symphony. It also plays host to renowned musicians and performers from around the globe. The Fletcher Opera Theater hosts performances by such groups as the Carolina Ballet and The National Opera Company. The Kennedy Theater seats 170 and offers a unique experience found in the venue's nontraditional performances. Finally the Lichtin Plaza is a two-acre (one-hectare) outdoor venue which hosts both public and private events.

Raleigh, NC, United States
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