Welcome to the Carolina Theatre!
Downtown Greensboro’s Community Performing Arts Center
Billed as the Showplace of the Carolinas when she opened in 1927, today the theatre is home to concerts from artists across all genres, classic and independent movies, community theatre and dance, as well as local performances in our third-floor loft theatre, The Crown at the Carolina.
Last year, the Carolina Theatre welcomed more than 100,000 people through her doors, helping to ensure the mission of Presenting Arts, Preserving History, Promoting Community. We welcome visitors from all over the world to enjoy music, shows and plays, rent our space for private events, and to be a part of our community by donating to the Carolina Theatre. Your donations help us preserve our historic theatre and keep us as one of downtown Greensboro, NC’s most treasured destinations.
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History of The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro
The Carolina Theatre, originally billed as “The Showplace of the Carolinas,” opened on Halloween night in 1927 as a vaudeville theater that was considered to be the finest theater between Washington D.C. and Atlanta.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Built in the 1920s, the Carolina Theatre has adorned our community for nearly a century. Once billed as “The Showplace of the Carolinas,” it has seen tremendous highs. But it also has experienced shameful lows—most notably, the segregated balcony, which was a product of racism and exclusionary practices against Black Americans. Although it was integrated in June 1963, the legacy of that balcony affects us even today.
The Carolina Theatre now stands as an example of how performing arts can unite a community. Our space is for people—all people. We want them to come as they are, and as themselves, to experience the best in music, dance, theater, and film. And we celebrate those great Americans who moved us closer to the nation we claimed to be at our founding, by embodying their ideals of equality, equity, and empathy. These principles guide our day-to-day work. From our leadership, staff, and volunteers to our audiences and programming, our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is steadfast. We strive to improve every day because our community deserves our very best.
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Board of Directors Officers
Altina Layman, Chair, Fellowship Hall
Taylor Butler, Vice Chair, CT Wilson Construction
Steve Freyaldenhoven, Vice Chair, LS3P Associates Ltd.
Regina Glaspie, Vice Chair, Consultant
John Graham, Vice Chair, Greensboro Community TV
Bob Thurston, Vice Chair, Community Volunteer
Alicia Williams, Secretary, DMJ & Co., PLLC
Jim Everhart, Treasurer, Deuterman Law Group
Betty Cone, Honorary Chair
Desmond Sheridan, Counsel At Large
Board of Directors Members
Miguel Brito, Palmetto GBA
Charlie Brummitt, Community Volunteer
Dawn Chaney, Chaney Properties
Ashley Cone, Community Volunteer
Felton Foushee, UNCG History Department
L. Cooper Harrell, Mullins Duncan Harrell & Russell PLLC
Nancy Hoffmann, City of Greensboro
Bill Jones, DMJPS
Les Martin, Stage Rigging Services, Inc.
Bruce McClung, UNCG Visual and Performing Arts
Davis McDonald, Carruthers & Roth, P.A.
Irish Spencer, Spencer Group
Jace Strandberg, Livingston & Haven
Gina Uresti, Greensboro Housing Coalition
Don Vaughan, Donald R. Vaughan & Associates
Renee Hicks Walker, USTA NC
The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro
Presenting Arts. Preserving History.
Box Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
12PM – 3PM