Wilmington is the cultural hub of Southeastern North Carolina, and there are plenty of places to see a play, concert or other show.
This 100-seat, nearly 100-year-old venue located in downtown Southport was once a movie theater. In recent years – after being closed for more than two decades – it has played host to theatrical productions by Stage II Productions as well as to occasional concerts. Major renovations are still needed. Electricity, for example, is supplied by generators and wired in from outside sources.
Location: 111 Howe St., Southport [Map this]
Phone: (910) 363-4274, (910) 274-3971
Web site: none. For more information click here.
The Brown Coat Pub & Theater
The home of Guerilla Theatre, the Brown Coat hosts a continuous season of plays by professional and local writers, as well as weekly comedy nights with touring and local comedians.
Location: 111 Grace St., Wilmington [Map this]
Hours: open nightly, door times vary
Phone: (910) 233-9914
Web site: http://www.guerillatheatre.com
Housed in a former 19th-century Masonic temple, this facility (which has an adjoining rooftop bar, Level 5) offers weekly comedy shows and a series of contemporary plays and musicals.
Location: fifth floor of 21 N. Front St., Wilmington [Map this]
Hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Sunday
Phone: (910) 342-0272
Web site: http://www.citystageatlevel5.com
Community Arts Center/Hannah Block Historic USO
During World War II, thousands of armed forces personnel who trained in the Wilmington area came to this building for dancing and live entertainment. Managed by the Thalian Association for the city of Wilmington, the Community Arts Center underwent a major renovation in 2008. In addition to plays and concerts, the facility hosts a variety of arts classes, auditions, rehearsals and meetings.
Location: 120 S. Second St., Wilmington [Map this]
Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays
Phone: (910) 341-7860, (910) 251-1788
Web site: http://www.wilmingtoncac.org
Cultural arts building
UNCW’s Cultural Arts Building is the university’s latest academic and performance facility. The building houses an art gallery for student and faculty exhibitions; a dance studio; the Black Box Theatre; the larger Proscenium Theatre; and the Beckwith Recital Hall, which hosts musical performances.
Location: Randall Drive on the UNCW campus, 601 S. College Road, Wilmington [Map this]
Phone: (910) 962-3500
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Since 1962, this open-air facility on the banks of Greenfield Lake has hosted plays, concerts and other events, including, since 1994, the annual Shakespeare on the Green festival in June. Earlier this year, the city of Wilmington completed a major renovation that included adding a covered stage, new bathrooms and a perimeter fence.
Location: 1941 Amphitheater Drive, Wilmington [Map this]
Phone: (910) 341-4604
Web site: http://www.ci.wilmington.nc.us
With a capacity of just over 1,000, UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium is the largest performing arts venue in New Hanover County. It hosts a variety of lectures, plays and concerts each year, including performances by the N.C. Symphony, Carolina Ballet, Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and Cape Fear Jazz Society.
Location: 601 S. College Road, Wilmington [Map this]
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (summer hours are noon to 5 p.m.)
Phone: (910) 962-3500 or (800) 732-3643
Web site: http://www.uncw.edu/kenan/
Minnie Evans Art Center
The 955-seat Minnie Evans Art Center, named after the world-renowned Wilmington artist, was built by New Hanover County Schools to host plays, concerts and lectures. Located at Veterans Park next to Ashley High School, the center is also available for rental by outside organizations.
Location: 555 Halyburton Memorial Parkway, Wilmington [Map this]
Phone: (910) 790-2360, ext. 821
Web site: http://www.geocities.com/nhcscbrumm
Odell Williamson Auditorium
Brunswick Community College’s 1,500-seat auditorium, the largest of its kind in Southeastern North Carolina, hosts theater, music and lectures, including performances from national and local groups, such as the Brunswick Little Theater.
Location: 50 College Road NW, Supply [Map this]
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday
Phone: (910) 755-7416
Web site: http://www.bccowa.com
Red Barn Studio Theatre
Actress and local resident Linda Lavin, a Golden Globe and Tony award-winner, has brought her love for the theater to this space in Wilmington. Lavin’s husband, Steve Bakunas, helped convert the former garage. The Red Barn is also used as an education center, with workshops and acting classes.
Location: 1122 S. Third St., Wilmington [Map this]
Phone: (910) 762-0955
Web site: http://www.redbarnstudiotheatre.com
Scottish Rite Temple
The temple hosts Scottish Rite Masonic meetings, family reunions and weddings, and rents out its space to local arts groups for performances and fund-raisers.
Location: 1415 S. 17th St., Wilmington [Map this]
Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday
Web site: http://www.wilmingtonaasr.org
Phone: (910) 762-6452
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Thalian Hall, which was built in 1858, a time when Wilmington was the largest city in the state. The facility has long been both a political and a cultural center, and houses the city government and two theaters – the 682-seat main stage and a smaller studio theater. Thalian Hall offers a large number of local and touring performances, as well as the long-running Cinematique art film series.
Location: 310 Chestnut St., Wilmington [Map this]
Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday; open two hours prior to show times on Sundays and Mondays.
Phone: (910) 343-3664 or (800) 523-2820
Web site: http://www.thalianhall.com
Located on the campus of UNCW, Trask Coliseum hosts sporting events and large concerts, including well-known performers for the annual Azalea Festival.
Location: 601 S. College Road, Wilmington [Map this]
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (910) 962-3233 or (800) 808-8629
Web site: www.uncwsports.com
Date posted: January 29, 2009