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Carolina Theater

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Address: 309 West Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701
Phone Number: 919-560-3030
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Historic Theater

We recently attended a concert at the Durham Theater -- one of a few times we've seen a show here. Built in the 1920s the facility is really lovely and there is not a bad seat in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Apex, North Carolina
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Cary, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I understand there is some history here, and nice architecture for Durham, but the sound system was not good, the seats uncomfortable, and the place was, well, just dirty. Walking out after a performance at night was scary because there were homeless panhandlers roaming around asking for money. And with all the shootings that Durham has had, it is not... More 

Thank Bocain
Apex, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We recently attended a concert at the Durham Theater -- one of a few times we've seen a show here. Built in the 1920s the facility is really lovely and there is not a bad seat in the house. We sat in the upper balcony and could still see and hear everything. There was even a couple dancing in an... More 

Thank elandja
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

We were lucky enough to take a self guided tour of this magnificent building, built 1926! It has been been renovated and there is a small exhibit of Durham segregation history on the 3rd floor. On the first floor is a history of the building. There is one elevator. We went to the performance of Chris Botti and the show... More 

Thank Susan L
North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

I visited the Carolina Theater this past weekend for the first time. I was impressed how large this place was. There is a cinema on one side and a concert venue on another. The staff seemed to be very helpful in getting you to your correct seat. I sat in the first tier balcony and was pleasantly surprised how well... More 

Thank Tiffany W
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This is a nice venue located downtown in Durham,so it's close to restaurants and located next door to the Marriott Hotel. It has a lower and upper level, a small theater but great for attending a small show/concert (i.e. jazz concert).

Thank Alvina M
Clayton, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

Older theater that has concessions area that caters mostly to moviegoers. We were there for the Esperanza Spalding concert. Our seats were in the mezzanine section. Where our seats were felt just right we felt like we were close enough to the stage to see the performance without squinting. My only advice for tall people is to choose your seats... More 

Thank Giacobbie R
Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

Carolina Theater is well known for its history and great live performances. But many people might not realize they also have 2 small movie theaters which show mostly small release and documentary movies. The kind of gems that you won't find at the mall movies! New very comfy seats were recently installed. In addition to soda drinks they have we... More 

Thank Louise833
Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

Came specifically for a musical event and our first time to the CT. Right downtown in Durham with a nicely refurbished exterior. A long history encased in this building containing touches of that history throughout the theater. Lots of stairs and one of the largest elevators (~40 people capacity) I have seen in old theaters anywhere. Great seats on the... More 

Thank Gray W
Holly Springs, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016 via mobile

We saw an evening concert with Beth Hart that was amazing! This old classic theatre is a Durham treasure that should be cherished in the community!

Thank Testarosa
Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016

This was my first time at Carolina Theatre. I went for the 17 samurai drummers show. I love the atmosphere of the old style theater. You know the kind with the orchestra seating. I will come again for different theatrical shows. Its located in a great spot in downtown Durham, so you can have a great dinner or some awesome... More 

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