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“Excellent Venue”

DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center
Ranked #2 of 87 things to do in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This venue opened in 2009.
Reviewed November 15, 2012

DPAC is the best theatre-type venue we have ever been to. Bright and clean throughout, very comfortable to be in. (The seats are a little small, but the seating area is clean with lots of leg-room.) All staff were friendly and pleasant, handled the crowd easily, getting everyone in and seated with no problems and out afterward just as nicely. Rest rooms are large enough to handle the intermission crowds; something you don't see often! Parking was easy and well organized for exiting after the show.
Since we don't live in Durham, we really appreciated the before-the-show email sent by DPAC providing suggestions for parking and area restaurants, an excellent map, as well as a time-table for arriving without rushing. This one little extra step put this theatre in a class by itself and indicates a management team that truly is interested in their customers.

Thank maryannearch
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Bob K, General Manager at DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2012

Many thanks for taking the time to share this nice feedback. We're naturally very proud of our theater and the events we host. Your review, along with the many others on TripAdvisor, are so helpful in helping spread the word about DPAC. I hope you are able to visit again soon.

Bob Klaus

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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Wonderful venue for performing arts. I've seen a concert and a musical here - enjoyed both very much

Thank Kris S
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

This is a terrific theater. Lovely decor, very clean, and the staff really made you feel like they were truly happy to see you. It was easy to get to the theater, and into the parking garage. I liked how they scanned your ticket as you entered the facility instead of at the doors to the seating, that allowed for a good traffic flow and no jams at the seating area doors. Plenty of staff to help you find your seat. I was amazed at how fast we were able to exit and again pleased that there were staff members at the exits sincerely thanking folks for attending.
The only thing that wasn't 100% enjoyable was the long wait to get out of the parking garage from Level 5, but that is unavoidable in a multi-story parking garage.

1  Thank DMKirk
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

My wife and I purchase season tickets (small pack of five shows). This is ideal because we are not stuck with a larger package with which we do not use all of the tickets. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly, there are snacks and drinks available, and we have seen some phenomenal shows. I highly recommend.

Thank Jay P
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Okay, it was actually a matinée. We were here to see Jersey Boys, it's a fantastic show. This was my first time to attend a show at DPAC. It's a great venue; conveniently located and lots of parking. Outside, they have plenty of staff to control traffic, inside they have plenty of courteous staff to assist in finding your seat or answer any other questions you may have. There are plenty of concession stands in the lobby and they offer a pay ahead feature for intermission where your order is prepared and waiting to be picked up.

Inside the theater the seats are comfortable, although maybe a little too narrow, the sound is fantastic and it seems there is not a bad seat in the house for viewing the stage.

All in all, this is a very well organized and run facility.

Thank Moncurian
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