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Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts / City Hall
310 Chestnut St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

(910) 632-2241
(800) 523-2820

Conceived as a combined political and cultural center, Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts was built between 1855 and 1858. During its first 75 years, the hall brought great national performers and some surprising celebrities to its stage: Lillian Russell, Buffalo Bill Cody, John Philip Sousa, Oscar Wilde and Tom Thumb, to name a few. That tradition continues. Full-scale musicals, light opera and internationally renowned dance companies are only a portion of Thalian Hall's consistent, high-quality programming, which includes more than 250 performances annually. Today the Center consists of two theaters - the Main Stage and the Studio Theatre - plus the Grand Ballroom which doubles as the Wilmington City Council Chambers. With its Corinthian columns and ornate proscenium, Thalian Hall is a beauty, and it's on the National Register of Historic Places. Private and group tours are offered Tuesday through Friday by appointment and include the Main Stage, backstage, the Studio Theatre, the Grand Ballroom, Gallery and City Hall. Contact Thalian Hall's administrative offices, (910) 343-3660, to schedule a tour and for tour rates. Visitors can take a self-guided tour Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 PM and on Saturday from 2 to 6 PM. Admission for the self-guided tour is $1.

 

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