Raleigh's Premier location for Cultural Arts and Entertainment
The Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts is the premier location for cultural arts and entertainment in Raleigh. The center is comprised of four unique venues, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Meymandi Concert Hall, A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater, and Kennedy Theatre.
The Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts hosts national tours and performers, and is also home to five resident companies; Carolina Ballet, NC Opera, NC Symphony, NC Theatre, and PineCone. Hosting over 600 events each year and welcoming over 400,000 guests, the Martin Marietta Center is a cultural focal point in downtown Raleigh.
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Opened in 1932, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium is the crown jewel of North Carolina performing arts. Over the years, this richly historic venue has played host to a dazzling array of artists. Sinatra, Jerry Seinfeld, Norah Jones, Alice in Chains, Chris Tucker, and Shreya Ghoshal have played the venue. Broadway blockbusters like Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s The Lion King, Jersey Boys, Miss Saigon, and Rent have also been staged here.
The venue has undergone several dramatic renovations ranging from 1975, 1990, 2001, and 2016, all enhancing the space to blend state-of-the-art technical amenities with traditional theatre traditions.
The North Carolina Symphony calls this remarkable 1,587-seat venue home and it’s easy to see why. Its 65-ft ceiling, unique shoebox shape, narrow sides, shallow balconies and lack of proscenium all work together to deliver the warmest, clearest and most immersive sound experience possible. Meymandi Concert Hall has hosted national and international artists and performers such as; Dave Chapelle, Backstreet Boys, Merle Haggard, Carlos Mencia, Bryan Adams, and Aziz Ansari.
This intimate 600-seat theater offers a unique experience perfect for ballet, opera, concerts, and comedy with the farthest balcony seat less than 70 feet from the stage. Located on the east side of the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, this unique venue is home to the Carolina Ballet. A wide variety of other performers and guests have also graced the stage such as; Boney James, Post Modern Jukebox, Richa Sharma, Hannibal Buress, and Vice President Kamala Harris.
With seating up to 150, our 40 x 60-foot black-box experimental theater fuses intimacy with energy and the deeply personal with the universal theatre experience. Kennedy Theatre provides performance and rehearsal space for many innovative groups. Regional theatre productions have been hosted here, as well as performances by Broadway performers such as Ariana Debose. This space is also the idea blank slate for video shoots, meetings, and corporate luncheons.