Durham Performing Arts Center

Durham Performing Arts Center

This 2,800-seat theater designed by Szostak Design of Chapel Hill presents a variety of entertainment with superior architectural quality, functionality and flexibility, including touring Broadway and family shows, popular music and comedy, and Durham’s treasured American Dance Festival.

Located adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the American Tobacco Historic District, the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is a public/private partnership between the City of Durham, Duke University, the developer and the theater operator.

Garfield’s innovative financial solution included taxable Certificates of Participation repaid by a portion of Citywide Hotel Occupancy Tax, facility naming rights, a Duke University grant, an operator loan and other private sources.

Ranked among the top five theaters nationally in attendance for the last four years by Pollstar, DPAC has greatly exceeded projections for attendance, revenue and operating profits.  The Durham CVB estimates over $28 million in DPAC annual economic impact.

Area restaurants have thrived due to show night activity, contributing to the recruitment of more restaurants to the downtown core. Five new downtown restaurants opened in the first two years of DPAC operations, despite the national recession.

The DPAC has also helped to spur additional area redevelopment, including a planned 143-room hotel with retail and restaurants and the acquisition of two historical buildings in the American Tobacco campus for renovation into additional residential, retail, and office space in 2014.

Garfield was instrumental in the planning and development of the DPAC.  The City of Durham has benefited greatly from their leadership and expertise in this process.”

— Alan DeLisle, Assistant City Manager for Economic and Workforce Development (2002 – 2009)