Entertainment

DPAC ranked fourth among top US entertainment venues

Posted January 11, 2012

— More than 414,000 fans attended shows and events at Durham's performing arts center in 2011, placing it among the top theaters in the United States.

The ranking comes from entertainment industry magazine Pollstar, which ranked the Durham Performing Arts Center fourth, behind Radio City Music Hall, Coliseum Theater at Caesars Palace and the Fox Theatre of Atlanta.

The Durham theater ranked ninth place on Pollstar's list last year.

"It’s hard for us to say we ever anticipated reaching a top-five national attendance ranking, but it’s a nice reward for everyone that worked so hard to bring this theater from a vision to reality," DPAC's general manager, Bob Klaus, said.

The 2,700-seat center is the largest venue in the Carolinas, and since opening in 2008, has hosted dozens of top performers, comedians and Broadway shows.

"The Lion King" was a big draw last year, drawing in nearly 82,000 fans over the course of its run in January. The "Radio City Christmas Special" in November drew in more than 75,000 people.

Neil Young's performance in April was the top-grossing concert and comedy event of the year.

Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Diana Ross and John Mellencamp rounded out the top five. Dolly Parton, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Lawrence, Carol Burnett, Erykah Badu and B.B. King were among the top 15.

On the schedule for 2012 are performers like Kelly Clarkson on Jan. 31, Aretha Franklin in February, Elvis Costello in April and George Jones in August.

Broadway's "Wicked," returns in May, two years after it sold more than 80,000 tickets. Other Broadway shows include "Chicago" in March and "West Side Story" in June.

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  • davido Jan 12, 10:09 a.m.

    Props to DPAC and American Tobacco! (disclaimer: I work here, but not for ATC) They have 24 hr security and it's one of the safest places in Durham. If you are parking and walking to/from DPAC in the parking deck you could not be much safer. Tickets to shows for a family will be pretty dangerous for the wallet, but other than that it is a great place.

  • LBJ192 Jan 12, 9:44 a.m.

    "ok ... there is no crime in Durham, I'm seeing things. and the dozens of crime statistics on the internet, they are ALL lying."
    lineOfDuty

    You really have no clue. You need to research the areas where those crimes are occuring.

  • LBJ192 Jan 12, 9:43 a.m.

    "Yes Durham has high crime areas but the entire city isn't dangerous (reminder Southpointe is in durham)."
    mmtlash

    Wasn't there some type of gang activity and shooting outside SP a couple of years ago? Not bashing Durham, and I go to SP, but wouldn't use the mall as the safest place in Durham.

  • Hammerhead Jan 12, 8:04 a.m.

    "ok ... there is no crime in Durham, I'm seeing things. and the dozens of crime statistics on the internet, they are ALL lying."

    There is crime in every city, but not in every part of said city. The area you describe as bad, "10 blocks any direction", is pure fiction. You are seeing things, things that I and all of my friends do not. You obviously have some sort of bias.

  • Kilroywashere Jan 11, 7:20 p.m.

    So sick of the Durham haters who post on EVERY story about Durham on here just to put it down. I have a message for you....Do NOT come to Durham. We don't want you and you're too scared to come here anyway. Buh-bye.

  • mmtlash Jan 11, 5:45 p.m.

    Yes Durham has high crime areas but the entire city isn't dangerous (reminder Southpointe is in durham). It's like any other city, there are good, bad, and iffy areas. The bad areas aren't hard to avoid if you know the area at all...

  • tgentry1005 Jan 11, 5:28 p.m.

    I would like to see a report on how much the "great DPAC" is costing us over taxed Durham taxpayers. Durham can't fill potholes without having a bond issue, which enough voters will not reject, and raising taxes. Another example of something we can not afford that benefits as few, expecially non Durham people who do not pay taxes here.

  • bombayrunner Jan 11, 5:27 p.m.

    "LOL.....MHM My only guess is that you come from our neighbors up north. Compared to NYC/Detroit/Philadelphia durham is a haven of greatness. ... ncouterbanks69"

    hi, check the crime rate in NYC ... you will find it one of the safest in the Country. This is what made Mayor Guillani famous.

  • bombayrunner Jan 11, 5:20 p.m.

    ok ... there is no crime in Durham, I'm seeing things. and the dozens of crime statistics on the internet, they are ALL lying.

  • Hammerhead Jan 11, 4:19 p.m.

    cantstand, your post is just as political as SmokeWagon. Just sayin'.

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