Opened in 1932, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium is the crown jewel of North Carolina performing arts. Over the years, this richly historic theater has played host to a dazzling spectrum of artists and performances. Just a sample of the list quickly becomes dizzying: Sinatra, Gillespie, Baryshnikov, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Itzhak Perlman, Natalie Cole and Prince. Broadway blockbusters like Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s The Lion King, Jersey Boys, Miss Saigon, and Rent have also been staged here.
After some dramatic renovations ranging from 1975-76, 1990, 2001, and most recently 2016, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium now blends state-of-the-art technical amenities with grand theater traditions. Stepping into the theater — with its dramatic atrium lobby, twin floating staircases, and gorgeous Doric columns — brings the magic and inspiration of all these artists to life for visitors.
Eighty-thousand square feet of stage, house, rehearsal hall, lobbies, and public areas make Raleigh Memorial Auditorium one of the most decisively versatile facilities in the Southeast.