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The Durham Performing Arts Center (often called the DPAC) opened November 30, 2008 as the largest performing arts center in the Carolinas at a cost of $48 million. The DPAC hosts over 200 performances a year including touring Broadway productions, high-profile concert and comedy events, family shows and the American Dance Festival. Operated under the direction of Nederlander and Professional Facilities Managaement (PFM), DPAC has twice been listed as the #1 performing arts organization in the Triangle region by the Triangle Business Journal. Construction of the DPAC was part of a larger plan to redevelop downtown Durham by the Capitol Broadcasting Company, and includes other nearby properties such as the American Tobacco Historic District, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and the studios of the CBC-owned Fox 50 TV station.Work out when and for how long to visit Durham Performing Arts Center and other Durham attractions using our handy Durham road trip planner.
Listed three times in the top 50 in Pollstar magazine's worldwide theater attendance ranking, in 2011 DPAC was the #1 U.S. Theater in the listing with a capacity under 4,000 and #4 ranked Theater among all U.S. Theaters. On August 16, 2016, the venue surpassed having 3 million visitors since its opening.
Durham Performing Arts Center reviews
We drove a little over 6 hours to visit this venue to attend a Brandi Carlile concert! Pros: -Very central location -Not a bad seat in the house! -We didn’t spend the night, but there is a Mariott.... more
We drove a little over 6 hours to visit this venue to attend a Brandi Carlile concert! Pros: -Very central location -Not a bad seat in the house! -We didn’t spend the night, but there is a Mariott.... more »
We arrived in Durham just to see a play at DPAC. The area is well priced on night of performance. Traffic moved through the area with no congestion. The staff at DPAC were helpful and more than...
We arrived in Durham just to see a play at DPAC. The area is well priced on night of performance. Traffic moved through the area with no congestion. The staff at DPAC were helpful and more than... more »
The first picture is the orchestra pit. The second one is the stage for Hamilton. What an amazing show. The theater is of course fairly new and just beautiful on the outside. They have several parking lots, so parking was easy. The interior is beautiful also oh, and very very clean, and very secure, with lots of service people two man the food and refreshment stands. Drinks and food all right bit cheaper then they would be at the Ballpark. All the employees are extremely helpful. And friendly. I'd go there all the time if I could afford a season pass.
My husband and I drove 2.5 hours to see Bert Kreisher perform here. It was totally worth it! Entering the venue was a breeze and so was finding our seats. The servers at the concession stands were very friendly and the food and drinks were pretty good! The bathrooms were also very clean and the venue staff were very helpful with guiding us out of the venue towards the parking lot. We will certainly return here!
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