Went to see The Nutcracker. This was my first time at the Carolina Theatre. It is charming. It's not the ritziest, but it is quaint. There are no cup holders on the theater seats but the seats are comfortable and the theater was very clean. There is a concessions stand. And the restrooms were plenty and clean. One Con: the grade of the floor of the seating area is not steep, so it can be difficult to see over the people in front of you as they are nearly on the exact same level as you. But all in all, I enjoyed my experience. I was neat the rear & towards the side but felt I could see the stage well. I will be returning.
*the cast did great as well!
Nov 20, 2023
This weekend was the Steve Trevino show and it was fabulous! This theater is a classic old time feeling theater. We had lots of legroom and had a great time.
Nov 12, 2023
What a treat! If you are interested in taking your kids to experience art and culture at a reasonable price, visit the Carolina Theater for the Saturday Family Series. Al Strong and his brass band gave a top notch performance and gave the children and parents an interactive lesson in music history. Parking is convenient and free in the deck across the street. Concessions are available to purchase and enjoy with the show.
Nov 1, 2023
A Durham institution. Like visiting a Broadway theatre, beautifully appointed, almost 100 years old and very well kept. I love going to shows here. There is the traditional stage theatre and a cinema. There are no bad seats.
Oct 24, 2023
The Carolina Theater is always one of my favorite destinations. Whether going for a show, movie or event, the staff is always friendly and helpful, and the building itself is beautiful. Stepping inside takes you back in time.
Oct 15, 2023
This is a gorgeous theater! From the time we arrived at the venue until the time we left, everything went smoothly. The doors opened on time and the performance began on time. Lighting and seating were both great. The staff was friendly and personable and everyone truly seemed as if they enjoyed working there. The performer offered to stick around and meet with the guests after show to take pictures, sign his book, etc. and the employees never seemed to mind having to wait around longer so that everyone could get their chance to meet with the artist. I would definitely return to this venue for another event in the future.
Oct 12, 2023
Great historic venue and theater. Not a bad seat in the house!
Great sound for any type of show, even rock concerts.
It's a historic beautiful building. The seats are kind of small with little leg room. Clean bathrooms. plenty of concessions
Oct 10, 2023
Beautiful theater, not a bad seat in the house. Staff was helpful and everyone I encountered was friendly. Parking was easy as there is a garage right across the street. Parking is $7 and they accept cash / cards. This is my view from Legacy Box R1, right above the stage.
Oct 5, 2023
The volunteers and/or paid attendees are hit or miss in regards to professional behaviors. Some engaging or smiling, and others seem miserable towards us. There is no need to subtract stars. Instead, support the venue for the art and enjoy the quality all around! It's a cozy, timeless, comfortable venue.
Sep 25, 2023
I had a wonderful time. I loved that they had concessions on every level. The esthetics of this theater are divine, staff is the most personable and polite of all theaters I've ever been too in NC. Gevalia, I use to floor seating but the balcony didn't disappoint not one bit. Just one thing I'd pass on is that dry white kernel popcorn almost made me choke twice. All in all great time. I lived to tell. Lol
Sep 15, 2023
Great venue for a concert! Unfortunately we were on the second tier balcony, which was up there, but you could hear and see everything, just not make out faces that good, for these old eyes. The seats have seen better days, should be replaced. Overall a great experience, and we would go back to Durham for more concerts here!
Jun 22, 2023
I’m excited to experience this beautiful landmark located in the heart of Downtown Durham. It is steep in history and offer a unique experience to both the past and future of iconic building such as live local, regional, national and international events.
Jun 15, 2023
We had an awesome experience last night here! As a ladies' night, we met for dinner around the corner, and then the play Menopause. The cast were very talented. Not only could they sing and dance, but they also pulled off physical comedy perfectly! The theatre is gorgeous and all the staff were friendly and helpful. We will definitely be planning more outings here!!
Jun 15, 2023
What a beautiful building and theater! We attended a great black and white movie with an very nice live pre- movie introduction! We enjoyed the very comfortable seats. There is a display of photos, memorabilia and posters explaining the destruction of many of the downtown Durham area's historic buildings as well as the rehabilitation of this building. Very well done and they're not even finished with this very helpful information- more to come!! It's worth the effort just to go into the building to see and read about it's history!
May 20, 2023
Awesome experience for a concert! All staff were so friendly and helpful. This venue felt very comfortable and was more intimate feel than a lot of the larger venues.
Apr 22, 2023
Noteworthy, historic and unique venue in Durham. My wife and I were fortunate enough to see Kathleen Madigan as an anniversary present to one another. This is a cozy and well cared for gem. Parking can be a bit of a challenge since it’s in a very popular and trendy area of Durham. Which also makes it a nice place to stop for a meal before an evening show and perhaps drinks afterward. Definitely worth checking out even if just for sightseeing. I believe the building was erected in 1926 but has been well cared for and maintained.