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Durham Performing Arts Center

4.8

123 Vivian Street
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 680-2787
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Photo of Jessica Grossflam Jessica Grossflam
Nov 10, 2019 5

This venue is great! Wait to get inside was super quick, staff are very friendly and helpful. They have bathrooms and concessions on 3 out of the 4 floors. Easy access to elevators. There are water coolers set up throughout the venue. Food from the concessions was great. Venue and specifically bathrooms are clean.

Photo of Timothy Ramsell Timothy Ramsell
Oct 27, 2019 5

Hosts the best plays in the Triangle. So far I've seen Anastasia and Aladdin and have enjoyed both. The professionalism of the staff really makes this place wonderful as well as the high quality of productions.

Photo of Erik Valenta Erik Valenta
Nov 12, 2019 5

Always a great place to watch a play or concert. DPAC makes the experience magical. The staff is friendly. It is easy to access and leave the show. Keep up the great work. Beautiful location!

Photo of Joe Matz Joe Matz
Nov 14, 2019 5

Always a good time, well organized and they have a lot of lobby space so it never feels too crowded. Wondering what to wear? No need to get too fancy, jeans or khakis and a button down shirt will work fine.

Photo of Katrina Walker Katrina Walker
Dec 1, 2019 5

I have been to many different performances at the DUPAC, some serious plays, some funny shows, and beautiful ballets. I have sat in the orchestra, midway floor, and balcony. The performances are always breath taking. Such wonderfully talented performers and actors. There is not a bad seat in the house. Treat yourself to a matinee in balcony seats. It's no more expensive than a nice dinner out for 2.

Photo of Helen S Helen S
Nov 29, 2019 5

I love this venue! They offer a large variety of events and I've never had a bad view. Easy access to off of 147. Parking is about 1 block away, which is not scary to walk to since a stream of theater patrons are going the same way.

Photo of John Blake John Blake
Nov 25, 2019 4

Very nice venue. We attended a Kenny G concert and were very pleased with the sound and our seating. Staff seemed to go out of their way to be pleasant, before and after the performance. We were somewhat confused by parking availability but we eventually worked it out. Concession prices were rather high. I can't see paying six bucks for a soda. All in all, my wife enjoyed celebrating our anniversary at DPAC.

Photo of Ashley Washington Ashley Washington
Nov 30, 2019 4

Always great! Have been here for the nut cracker and Kenny G. Both were amazing. Their snack bar needs some help though. Otherwise it would have been 5 stars.

Photo of Yvonne Hoffman Yvonne Hoffman
Dec 18, 2019 5

Close and great seating and acoustics were great. We were close to the stage and not too high up. Just a great place! If you can go there, you'll be able to see how you will love it like we do.

Photo of J Sears J Sears
Dec 24, 2019 5

Every event is well organized. The staff here seem to always be smiling and genuinely want you to enjoy the events. The roasted nuts in the lobby are hard to ignore. Good craft beer selection. I love how the seating area is sloped so you don't have trouble seeing the stage.

Photo of Scott Ring Scott Ring
Jan 30, 2020 5

This place is fantastic. Everyone here is so helpful and friendly from the guy directing traffic to the security checkers to the ushers. Such a great experience. I've never had a bad seat at any of the shows I've seen and the lighting and sound is excellent. Parking is super convenient, I always park in the Church Street parking garage ($5) and walk across the road. Always a great job, DPAC.

Photo of Philip Elcan Philip Elcan
Jan 31, 2020 5

I have been to DPAC for a number of events (Broadway productions, music concerts). It is simply a wonderful venue. Staff is always super friendly! Concessions are pricey, but in line with similar venues. Audio is great.

Photo of Tim Hackett Tim Hackett
Jan 29, 2020 5

This place is amazing! I have seen a dozen or more shows here over the last seven or eight years. There is plenty of reasonably priced parking within an easy walk Plus there are all kinds of restaurants and bars that you can go to before or after a show. They do a great job of clearing the parking decks so it's easy in an easy out

Photo of Kathy G Kathy G
Feb 28, 2020 5

Great performance hall. The stage is capable of hosting Broadway size sets and shows - and they offer several each year. Volunteer staff are friendly. The parking options aren't too bad. The East deck is the closest other than VIP or handicap. They offer snacks and drinks at several stations throughout the building after you pass through security at the doors. There are also several restaurants in the area if you want dinner before the show. There is a coat check station open during cold weather. The seats are fairly comfortable. They do have select seats to accommodate folks with mobility or size (big or tall) needs. They also offer limited discount balcony seating ($20) to local residents for select shows. Call the box office for more details.

Photo of Victoria Sylvestre Victoria Sylvestre
Feb 20, 2020 5

Great place to see a show. FYI though, don’t bother with the nosebleed seats. You won’t see a thing. They really should have a big screen to show the live action for people in the balcony. It’s not the balcony seats are a lot cheaper. A world renowned astrophysicist just joked, hoping the people in those seats didn’t pay more than $25 each (we did pay a lot more than $25!) Also if you are disabled at all and plan to use the elevator, give yourself loads of time.

Photo of Susan Oberst Susan Oberst
Mar 11, 2020 4

I like the fact that they have some great performers who have shows here. I enjoy concerts, preferably rock concerts. It's not the type of venue where you'll "rock out" or anything. It's a pretty reserved audience so it kind of dampens the mood for a "rock concert". You cannot take pictures or videos inside, so don't plan on snagging a picture of your favorite artist on stage. Security is really strict about that. That's their job, so I don't hold it against them. The Performing Arts Center is not my favorite place for a concert, however, it's a nice venue for other types of performing arts. I'll return, but only when I know for sure that this is the only place to catch a particular performer anywhere near me. If the musician is performing at another location nearby AND this venue, I'd more than likely choose the other venue to see that performer. Just being honest.

Photo of Janean Benner Janean Benner
Mar 15, 2020 5

We saw the most incredible performance of "Les Miserables" on Tuesday at the DPAC! The sets were amazing, creative, and integrative. The cast was engaging and believable. The singing was superb! So glad we were able to experience it.

Photo of Mike Finn Mike Finn
Mar 8, 2020 5

Beautiful venue. Came to see Sebastian Maniscalco and the theater experience was fantastic. Drink prices were not outrageous, the staff was friendly, clean bathrooms, made for a great time. Definitely a great place to see a show!

Photo of DeMario Archie DeMario Archie
May 27, 2020 4

Anywhere you sit is going to be good. Only bad part is the parking garage if you can avoid the parking garage do even if you have to pay to park trust me you’ll thank me later. If your older or it’s harder for you to get around I understand but if your able body you’ll be fine there is a lot downtown and everything thing is in walking distance get a drink or something before hand because you don’t want to buy drinks inside $$$$ just saying

Photo of Deborah Oronzio Deborah Oronzio
May 30, 2019 5

Been a season ticket holder since the beginning. Service is admirable - greeters all along the path to theater, always smiling and pleasant. Have a great center seat (single) in Row P, orchestra section. Nice selection of shows from Broadway favorites to new-on-the-scene. Free parking for season tic holders. Love it all way round.

Photo of Alan Finn Alan Finn
Jun 17, 2019 5

The largest performance venue in the Carolinas. We took a backstage tour with an engaging guide from Customer Service. It was fun to see all the personalized posters painted on the backstage walls. Some of the stories about how theater really works and what has gone wrong (ask!) were amusing and enlightening.

Photo of Lauren J Lauren J
May 15, 2019 5

Great experience, great show, and a great place to go! I love going to events at DPAC every year and hope to become a member one day when I have a little more money to spend. I highly recommend it if you are able to go to anything here.My only request is that the dining services staff consider serving popcorn or other light, crunch snacks for the shows! (Although the place is SUPER clean and it would probably make a mess...which is why I suppose they don't have it now).

Photo of ivory teague ivory teague
Apr 16, 2019 5

This is a great place to watch musical and Broadway performances. I have been numerous times and I have never been disappointed. The place is very clean. The bathrooms are really nice. The staff are very friendly and helpful. They have shows at different price points and sometimes student discount apply. The merchandise is sold and light snacks are offered.

Photo of John Stranzl John Stranzl
Jun 11, 2019 5

What can I say but WOW! Great shows and performances throughout the year. Customer support and/or website could be a bit better.

Photo of Melanie Woods Melanie Woods
Jun 26, 2019 5

My husband and I came and saw Cats. All staff were friendly and helpful. Clean restrooms, seat were clean and comfortable. Food and drinks are very expensive! You have to pay to park unless you are a season ticket holder. Inside the theater is beautiful and has great acoustics

Photo of Michael Lindsay Michael Lindsay
Jul 6, 2019 4

I don't know the words to best describe. Something that means better than the best. Would have given 5 stars if I had gotten tickets closer to the stage. Eyesight not like 20/20.

Photo of robert bridges robert bridges
Jun 21, 2019 5

This place is 5 stars all the way! Easy parking, easy access, helpful employees all around the venue. They keep the bathroom lines, food lines, and drink lines going. Makes it such a pleasant experience, especially if you are a bit older. No bad seats in the place either. Durham is lucky to have the DPAC! And great location

Photo of Eve Zuber Eve Zuber
Jul 5, 2019 5

Very nice facilities, easy to get in and out, parking nearby comfortable seats, good acoustics, large stage but still feels intimate. Sufficient bathrooms. Clean. Friendly helpful staff. They thank you for coming on the way out with bright smiling faces.

Photo of Megan Greytak Megan Greytak
Sep 22, 2019 5

The staff--from the people who help you find a parking space and that may not be directly employed by the facility, to the people who help you find your seat--is exceptional. Super friendly, super helpful, and entirely genuine. The facility itself is gorgeous and easy to navigate. One of the most positive experiences of my life.

Photo of Kevin McIntyre Kevin McIntyre
Sep 9, 2019 5

This is a great venue for acts of all kinds. Live theater to live music. There’s not a bad seat in the house. Easy parking, easy in and out! There are great restaurants all within a very short walking distance!

Photo of Laura Sidden Laura Sidden
Aug 11, 2019 5

Great venue for concerts! Not a bad seat in the whole place. Plenty of restrooms. Good beverage and snack selection. We go when there is a great oldie group performing. Also plenty of good restaurants within walking distance.

Photo of Richard Torrey Richard Torrey
Sep 24, 2019 5

Always a great experience. Good views and sound from the cheap seats. Plenty of bathrooms- and a better mix of shows and performers than Raleigh Municipal (or whoever holds the current naming rights) Auditorium

Photo of James worcester James worcester
Oct 8, 2019 5

Excellent venue. Not a bad seat in the house. Even the nosebleed seats are excellent. Only minor negative is parking and that's available with free shuttle service.

Photo of Ken Ken Ken Ken
Oct 21, 2019 5

Recently attended my second show at this venue. The service was absolutely incredible! Staff is super friendly and happy to assist, and I felt very safe due to the security and crowd control measures. Even before the show started, just seeing how organized the parking was made me feel comfortable. I highly recommend this venue and look forward to returning in the future!

Photo of Frieda Sanders Frieda Sanders
Oct 23, 2019 5

This is my favorite performing arts theatre in the Triangle. There is not a bad seat in the place. The amenities are gorgeous. The staff is friendly and helpful. The performances here are Broadway shows and top notch artists. The theatre is in the heat of Downtown Durham and there is plenty of nearby parking.