North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

This performing arts center is a major milestone in the redevelopment of downtown Charlotte, and features two versatile performance spaces, an orchestra rehearsal room, and support spaces. The 2,100-seat Belk Theater is a contemporary horseshoe-shaped theatre with an intimate atmosphere and excellent acoustics. The ceiling of the theatre is dominated by a fiber optic network which functions as the main auditorium house lighting. The Booth Playhouse is a 434-seat proscenium theatre with cabaret and in-the-round capabilities. The downtown redevelopment project also includes a 60-story office tower for NCNB and Founders Hall, a 150-foot tall glass atrium structure.

North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Credit: Timothy Hursley

North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center


Cesar Pelli & Associates | Morris Architects | Middleton McMillan


Kirkegaard Associates


Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Opera Carolina, North Carolina Dance Theater, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, touring Broadway productions, and local arts groups

Seat count

440, 2100

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Arts center, Courtyard theatre, Drama theatre, Multipurpose theatre


Feasibility study and site selection, concept design, theatre planning, theatre equipment design and specification, architectural lighting



Venue website

Credit: Timothy Hursley
Credit: Timothy Hursley

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