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Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts - Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

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2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601
Hours: Box Office: 9:00am-5:30pm, Doors open 1 hour prior to showtime
(919) 996-8700
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Experience the most elegant, immersive suite of live-performance venues in the Southeast. Indulge your love of theater, opera, ballet and other events.

As one of the finest performing arts facilities in North Carolina since 1932, Raleigh's Memorial Auditorium experienced a dramatic rejuvenation in 1989-90 with completed renovations totaling over ten million dollars. Rich with history, this elaborately appointed landmark continues to nourish an outstanding repertoire of performing arts events in grand tradition, providing sophisticated beauty, comfort, and convenience for patrons and performers alike.

Home to the North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Theatre, Memorial Auditorium has gratified audiences with outstanding performances in opera, ballet, orchestral music, theater, comedy, and popular music concerts, featuring some of the world's most celebrated artist such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Itzhak Perlman, Roberta Peters, Sarah Vaughn, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Metheny, Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, The Moody Blues, Amy Grant, Toto, and Prince, as well as outstanding Broadway musical presentations of Cats, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, and Rent, just to name a few.

From the exquisite entrance atrium lobby with the grandeur of a central twin floating staircase and 14 Doric columns, to the main auditorium with its state-of-the-art stage, high coffered beam ceiling, sound reflective mahogany walls, intricate sound and lighting systems and 2,277 luxurious wide-berth seats, Memorial Auditorium is designed to lend a highly professional yet introspective atmosphere to any performance no matter what the scale.

Eighty-thousand square feet of stage, house, rehearsal hall, lobbies and public areas make Memorial Auditorium one of the most decisively versatile facilities in the Southeast, affording extensive flexibility for a wide variety of functions. Stage level dressing rooms complete with mirrors, dressing tables, showers and restroom facilities, an elegant rehearsal hall for small theater productions, dinners, and meetings, plus a state-of-the-art box office are just a few of the additional outstanding features and amenities offered, insuring that each event or special performance will be a highly professional and inspiring occasion.

Memorial Auditorium is one of four venues located in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Raleigh. One of the other facilities, Kennedy Theatre, shares the HVAC system with Memorial Auditorium and will also be impacted by the renovations. The theater is not accepting any new bookings during the five-month period set aside for the project. Theatre Raleigh’s “Hot Summer Nights” series will continue as scheduled from May 14 until Aug. 24 in Kennedy Theatre. An air-conditioning unit will be rented for the series.

The two other venues at the performing arts center, Fletcher Opera Theater and Meymandi Concert Hall, will not be affected by the HVAC renovations.

Upcoming Events


PineCone presents: Molly Tuttle
Fri, Jul 9 at 7:30pm

Peter Pan
Tue, Jul 27 thru Fri, Jul 30 at 7:30pm
Sat, Jul 31 at 2pm, 7:30pm
Sun, Aug 1 at 2pm, 7:30pm

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