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How much city and county money goes to support Thalian Hall?

Ben Steelman
Thalian Hall

Rehearsal in the newly remodeled Thalian Hall in January 2011 in Wilmington. (StarNews file photo)

Thalian Hall/City Hall belongs to the city of Wilmington, but it is operated under a management contract by the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts (formerly the Thalian Hall Commission), a nonprofit, semi-independent agency.

The city pays the Thalian Hall Center a management fee to care for the public parts of the building, including the second-floor “ballroom” area, where the City Council, the City Planning Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission meet.

According to the center’s website, the management fee amounts to 18 percent of the center’s budget. In the current fiscal year, however, that figure is closer to 12.67 percent, according to Thalian Hall director Tony Rivenbark — or a sum of roughly $127,500.

The Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts receives no funding from New Hanover County.

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