Carolina Theatre Announces Incredible 90th Anniversary Events

The Carolina Theatre will celebrate its 90th year in the heart of Downtown Durham in 2016 with a year-long celebration filled with spectacular live events, interesting special programs and exciting new partnerships.

The last remaining of the original downtown theatres, the Carolina Theatre opened on Feb. 2, 1926 as the Durham Auditorium. Nine decades later, the city-owned historic concert and performing arts venue has become a community treasure and one of its most beloved institutions.

“The Carolina Theatre has been a lot of different things over the years and it’s had these various lives, but through all of them it’s persevered — even when the future of the building, and the City, was in question,” Carolina Theatre President/CEO Bob Nocek said.

“You think about all of the other buildings that were here when we opened that aren’t here anymore. This one is around because it was — and is — important to people.”

Theatre officials have scheduled a slate of events to help pay tribute to the building’s nine decades of presenting arts and entertainment in the city:

  • 90th Anniversary Celebration Concert featuring Kristin Chenoweth — January 30
  • 90th Anniversary Party — February 6
  • The Series ’26 performing arts schedule 
  • Opera and Ballet Film Series broadcasted to the Carolina Cinemas from the Royal Opera House in London
  • Four sessions with acclaimed Triangle storytelling series The Monti
  • Three live shows in conjunction with Durham’s Art of Cool Project
  • Custom-brewed 90th Anniversary beer from Durham’s Fullsteam Brewery
  • Free 90th Anniversary Block Party in the fall of 2016

Other events and partnerships will be announced in 2016.

For 90 years, the Carolina Theatre has remained a constant in the ever-changing downtown landscape thanks to continued support from a community of arts-loving citizens, many of whom can readily remember various stages of their own lives by recalling the films, concerts and events they’ve seen inside the magnificent building.

“The Carolina Theatre wouldn’t be celebrating its 90th year without the generous support of the people of Durham and its surrounding communities,” Nocek said. “We want to preserve our venue for the past, present and future generations of Durham.”



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