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Durham Performing Arts Center


123 Vivian Street
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 680-2787
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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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Theo W F Theo W F
Mar 28, 2021 5

Fabulous small museum. Worth a visit.

Photo of Cari-Lenn Miles Cari-Lenn Miles
Mar 3, 2021 5

Motown the musical was out of this world. What a great theatre to have such a show performed there.

Photo of Jean Grim Jean Grim
Dec 1, 2020 5

DPAC is an absolutely beautiful Performing Arts Center. There really is no bad seat in the entire theater. The staff gives customer service that you don't see anymore. From the moment you park to the moment you leave you are number one on their list of care. I've seen 10+ shows there, from Rock Bands to Plays to Comedians and I have three more in the next month and a half. I've not been good about leaving my house much since I'm not in very good health but the parking for handicapped, and the general way they treat their patrons have made me start to get out of my house again and see shows and concerts. If you've not seen anything at DPAC please take my suggestion and go see at least one. Next thing you know you'll be seeing your 10th show. They are that good. Highest rating that can be given!

Nov 17, 2020 5

CHARLIE WILSON in concert for the 1st time live at the DPAC with the love of my life, Eric. We had the best time ever in Durham, NC and we most definitely will be back.❤❤❤❤❤

Photo of Alec Boykin Alec Boykin
Oct 17, 2020 5

Wonderful theater with plenty of space and great sound. Many wonderful shows come through this theater, and there is plenty to do around the theater before and after shows.

Photo of Mark Haskell Mark Haskell
Mar 7, 2020 5

A great place to see and hear a performance. There really isn’t a bad seat in the theater. We’ve been attending since it was built.

Photo of Teague Ricks Teague Ricks
Mar 18, 2020 5

I saw an AMAZING REO Speedwagon concert here! The bassist had the flu, and so Kevin Cronin played acoustic for a while, and did the first ever live performance of Keep the Fire Burning. They had a great opening band and it was just overall an awesome experience, with a great performance center for it to be in. Love this place and plan on coming back! I highly recommend it!

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Kelli White Kelli White
Mar 20, 2022 5

Saw Slash with Myles Kennedy here last night want great venue! Beautiful, comfortable seats, not a bad seat in the house. Parking decks close by. Would definitely come back for another show!

Photo of Erica Hill Erica Hill
Mar 16, 2022 3

I had to take away another star for the seating and the fact that they ran out of pretzels within minutes of the 20 minute break. The seats are definitely not good. They hurt your butt after about 30 minute so I definitely recommend a seat crushing come with you.Had to take away a star because someone decided to kick and beat my seat. Not happy with that.Show is good so far, though.Very nice, crazy but nice.The bathroom is definitely nice. Complimentary lady products are available in the bathroom also. The entrance is crazy definitely going through a good search.Drug dogMetal detectorTickets scannedPeople are available to help around every corner

Photo of Lou Hall Lou Hall
Feb 27, 2022 4

First i need to start by saying I like to plan as much as I can to make sure the evening goes as smooth as possible. I like to leave early, I planned on the traffic I would encounter and other mishaps that could happen. I'm so glad I liked to do this as we didn't realize that proof of vaccinations or negative tests within a couple days were required.We were able to go back to the hotel and retrieve my work phone which had my proof.So we were going to see Hades Town, which is a great play and this was my and my dates first so I wanted it to be a great experience. Let me tell you, the people who were working that night helped me immensely! First they had people directing you to the closest parking ramp. Then once you parked, coming out of the ramp they had associates guiding you to the center. Did I forget to mention that it was raining? Not raining hard but sprinkling. I find it funny that each time I come here its raining. Once in they helped us to the door that led right to our seats. The people only enhanced my night out to the production. If you want to have a great night out, get tickets to DPAC. You will have a great time in my opinion. Make sure that you bring you vaccination information.

Photo of Shelly Beard Shelly Beard
Feb 27, 2022 5

An eccentric venue for a variety of Broadway shows, concerts and other events. The building is always clean and the staff is very helpful. During the Broadway shows, they do a wonderful job with getting everyone through the restrooms and concession before intermission is over. I've been a season ticket holder for two seasons and just renewed for a third next year! It's a great place to see all the different events! Update: They also have great COVID protections in place, requiring masks and either being fully vaccinated or have proof of a negative test.

Photo of Peter R Peter R
Feb 11, 2022 4

I like the venue overall, nice design and layout, parking was good and right next door (and only $6). My only issue is the seats are a bit small. Besides that, nice place to see shows. Update: not much has changed that I've noticed, still a great spot to see shows.

Photo of Justin Abood Justin Abood
Feb 2, 2022 5

Great Durham venue to see live performances. Top tier seats can be a bit bass heavy I've noticed. Ground floor seating and sound is fantastic. Solid drink options too.

Photo of Sophia Alexandria Sophia Alexandria
Dec 17, 2021 5

I love this theater. It is a beautiful nice theater. The staff there were very friendly and welcoming. They we're eager to assist us what direction in service. I believe that this theater put on great shows that people will enjoy and love. The venue is very nice and elegant. You can come here for date night, family night, or even girls night. You can even treat yourself alone and have a great experience. I recommend everyone to try this theater. My seat location was great and I was able to see very well. Overall, this is a great time and a great experience. I will definitely be back.

Jan 14, 2022 5

Although DPAC was experiencing technical issues, the show went on about a half hour late. The Christmas Story was a fun show to see. Great singing and visually a very professional set. I could this exact show on Broadway. Loved it.

Photo of Dan App Dan App
Jan 5, 2022 5

Very convenient and you don’t have to deal with such large crowds like in New York City. Police presence is a comforting feeling. People of all different races in Durham get along much better than in New York.

Photo of Katherine Nelson Katherine Nelson
Nov 16, 2021 5

Beautiful facility. Such care was taken with regarding current health concerns. Always someone available for assistance. Parking was great. I will definitely be back for other events

Photo of Sharron Phillips Sharron Phillips
Oct 15, 2021 5

Rain was great! High energy!The guitar playing was exceptionally good! Nice evening out!Covid vaccine proof needed to get in & masks mandatory. We felt very safe.

Photo of Mary Ellen Bozarth Mary Ellen Bozarth
Oct 28, 2021 5

Lovely theater. Easy parking experience (several parking garages nearby), knowledgeable staff, and great atmosphere. It's not big enough for there to be any truly bad seats, so it's really personal preference on what angles/height you like to see the stage from. The orchestra pit is a wonderful experience, but you can't actually see the entire stage in one glance when you're that close so if you want to see the whole stage at all times the balcony or further back orchestra seating would be a better choice. There also discounted tickets for students sometimes (usually $15-20 range) for the balcony that are definitely worth it in my opinion.

Photo of Tersha “NC Foodie” Tersha “NC Foodie”
Oct 4, 2021 5

Went to the Charlie Wilson concert. The sound could have been better. He gave a great performance. The lighting was good. Access to the restrooms and elevators is convenient. The staff is helpful. The decor of the building is nice.

Photo of Ed Revugh Ed Revugh
Oct 14, 2021 5

Excellent venue. Their ability to attract Broadway national tours is the biggest selling point. Proximity to walk to great restaurants is also key. It's a little stiff for rock concerts.The orchestra level and grand tier (first balcony) are fabulous. The high balcony is a little too high for my taste but it's priced appropriately lower.

Photo of hank Potter hank Potter
Sep 19, 2021 5

Great venue! I've been to two shows there, and they were both spectacular!The photos I added were of the "Ultimate queen tribute" band, and show the quality of the stage and lighting.

Photo of Dan Wilson Dan Wilson
Sep 22, 2021 5

I really like this venue for events. The seating is laid out very well with good sight lines.The acoustic quality is very high. I've seen various acts from stand up comedy, to plays, to concerts of various genres and always felt the sound quality was perfectly appropriate.For all events, there is plenty of staff to help and guide patrons. Even in COVID, the entry procedures are quick and efficient.Further, all my staff interactions have been with the most pleasant people.I've never had a bad time at DPAC. It's a wonderful place to go

Photo of Jon Leonard Jon Leonard
Sep 8, 2021 5

We went and saw STOMP there and it was amazing!!! The center was staffed well, and they even provided nice cloth masks with their logo on it. I look forward to attending again

Photo of Adam Curtin Adam Curtin
Sep 16, 2021 5

Great venue with ample seating and friendly staff. We went to see STOMP live and it was excellent. I've seen a few shows here and have sat in most of the seating sections and I've never had any trouble seeing the performance. Their seating layout doesn't seem to have any bad seats in my experience.They have concessions with snacks and drinks on all 3 floors so you don't need to switch floors during intermission. Concessions prices are high, but on par with the industry ($5 for a soft drink with no free refills).

Photo of George Gain George Gain
Aug 24, 2021 4

DPAC is a great place to see concerts. I've seen numerous concerts here and love the vibe. The staff is nice, friendly and helpful.

Photo of Sue Leigh Sue Leigh
Aug 14, 2021 5

DPAC has great performances, like Hamilton, Book of Mormon, Cinderella, etc. Their communication on parking is great, the building is kept clean, and they have the bathroom line at intermission down to a science with well placed signage and employees to help direct people in and out. Their snacks are great, and everyone is friendly and helpful.

Photo of Michael Scott Michael Scott
Aug 15, 2021 5

This was my 1st time here. Wow, what a wonderful experience. Absolutely a beautiful place. I don't think would be a bad seat in the place. Will be going back for sure

Photo of Ken Martin Ken Martin
Aug 3, 2021 5

DPAC is a great place to see a show. SAW Squeeze in 2021 in early August which was wonderful. Put on a terrific show!

Photo of Amanda D Amanda D
Jul 17, 2021 5

So happy DPAC is reopening! I already have my Broadway South season tickets. Just an amazing venue without a bad seat in the house.

Photo of Robert Addison Robert Addison
Jul 16, 2021 5

Very helpful . Make sure you go Their website on facebook. Pull up seats and the price that suits you best. Check the prices out on a overview of the CENTER and see what levels you think will be fine with you.. My first time and I heard the accoustics were very Together for that surround sound effects.

Photo of Holly Sullenger Holly Sullenger
Jun 27, 2021 5

This is my favorite place in NC to see shows. Beautiful facility. Great customer service. Great offerings!

Photo of Dewey Raynor Dewey Raynor
Apr 24, 2022 5

Saw Pretty Woman The Musical yesterday and thought it was fantastic. It has become one of my top three battling with Les Mise'rables and Phantom. Must say a "pretty" strong neighborhood. Not sure how the three will shuffle out over time. 🤔 I have to say the sound was excellent, the story true, the singers well tuned. Simply put an amazing production. 👏

Photo of Patrick Nalley Patrick Nalley
May 28, 2022 5

The first picture is the orchestra pit. The second one is the stage for Hamilton. What an amazing show. The theater is of course fairly new and just beautiful on the outside. They have several parking lots, so parking was easy. The interior is beautiful also oh, and very very clean, and very secure, with lots of service people two man the food and refreshment stands. Drinks and food all right bit cheaper then they would be at the Ballpark. All the employees are extremely helpful. And friendly. I'd go there all the time if I could afford a season pass.

Photo of Nick de Silvia Nick de Silvia
May 6, 2022 5

Great facility that brings High Level and hit performances to the Triangle region. Parking in the area is very easy with 3+ associated parking decks. I feel lucky to have this available in our region. Have gone here multiple times to see Broadway and other shows. There are several check in lines and the easiest and fastest are for those patrons that don't bring bags or purses with them. Security is present with metal detectors and bag checks. Once inside assistance is always easy to find if needed and there are the typical concession booths and wine/alcohol for sale but also free water fountains.