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J.S Dorton Arena is a distinctive 7,160-seat indoor multi-purpose arena that opened in 1952 on the grounds of the North Carolina State Fair. Known as the “Paraboleum” by its architects for its saddle suspension roof and parabolic arches, the arena is a National Historic, Architectural, and Civil Engineering Monument. Besides hosting sporting events, the arena is used for concerts, trade shows, circuses, graduations, and as general exhibition space.
The Rialto is one of Raleigh’s most beloved movie theaters, and screens a great collection of independent, foreign, and art films. Built in 1942, the charming and stylish theater has been renovated but retains period architecture, including art-deco lighting, and a raised stage. Screenings of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show are held at theater several times a month. Visitors can purchase snacks, beer, and full bottles of wine to enjoy while watching a movie.
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. .