Memorial Auditorium Update

Memorial clears space to face down DPAC

Theater vs. theater

2009  •  by Zack Smith

The early success of the Durham Performing Arts Center’s 2,800-seat theater has created pressure at the older performing arts venue down the interstate in Raleigh.

Recently, the Progress Energy Center, a four-venue facility topped by the 2,300-seat Memorial Auditorium, instituted changes that would open the main stage to more big-ticket touring acts.

Among the key changes was for the Carolina Ballet to relocate most of its non-Nutcracker performances from Memorial Auditorium to Fletcher Opera Theater. This relocation in turn creates space and scheduling problems for several of the smaller resident companies that use the facility.

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Published by Zack

Zack Smith is a writer and journalist. He has written for such web sites and publications as Newsarama.com, the Independent Weekly of Durham NC, Triangle Business Journal, Comic Book Resources and the Lynchburg News and Advance. He has a Master's in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and a degree in English with minors in Film Studies and Creative Writing from NC State University. He also writes children's books.

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