Carolina Theatre closes for $1.8M renovation

Posted June 13, 2011 3:53 p.m. EDT

— The Carolina Theatre in Durham closed Monday to begin a $1.8 million renovation project. 

The renovations will include replacing all carpet throughout the facility, lighting upgrades, replacing audio systems and restoring and repainting damaged plaster. 

“The Carolina Theatre hasn’t seen improvements of this magnitude in over 17 years, and many of them are desperately needed,” Bob Nocek, president and chief executive of the Carolina Theatre of Durham Inc., said in a statement. “These upgrades will provide us with a facility deserving and capable of hosting the best national acts we can bring to downtown Durham.”

Safety modifications will also be made that will allow six private boxes in Fletcher Hall to be opened. The boxes were built during a renovation in the 1990s but never opened. Each box will have two seats and will come with reserved parking and in-box food and beverage services.

The City of Durham, which owns the building, is paying for and carrying out the renovations. 

The theater will briefly reopen for the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on Aug. 11-14 before closing again. Construction is scheduled to be completed in October.