Durham theaters remain top draws

From staff reportsJuly 22, 2013 

The Durham Performing Arts Center continues to be one of the nation’s most-attended theaters for live events, while Durham’s Carolina Theatre maintained a place in the top 100, according to the trade journal Pollstar.

Among theaters reporting figures to Pollstar for the first half of 2013, DPAC is in third place, behind only Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and Atlanta’s Fox Theater, both larger venues. For the full year 2012, DPAC finished fifth in Pollstar’s rankings.

DPAC seats 2,712, while Caesar’s Palace holds 4,100 and the Fox 4,556.

According to Pollstar, the Carolina Theatre was No. 95, finishing 18 months in a row in the magazine’s top 100. The 2012 mid-year report was the Carolina’s first appearance in Pollstar’s ranking.

As of July 1, 2013, DPAC had sold 173,558 tickets, according to Pollstar, while the Carolina mid-year total was 31,525.

Pollstar rankings include all theaters, regardless of capacity, that have reported attendance for live events. The totals do not include motion-picture audiences.

For the entire 2012-13 season, DPAC drew an audience of 371,678, its second-highest yearly total since opening in December 2008 and 12 percent above its seasonal average, according to a DPAC statement.

Among 187 performances in 2012-13, 50 were sellouts. “Jersey Boys” was the year’s most popular touring show; Tony Bennett gave the most popular concert; Jerry Seinfeld was the most popular comedian; and the top special event was Raleigh actor Ira David Wood’s “A Christmas Carol.”

The Performing Arts Center has also won a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor, a travel website.

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