Thalian Hall

Summer live theater in Wilmington, NC at Historic Thalian Hall

The earliest venue in Wilmington’s thriving cultural scene is that venerable jewel, Thalian Hall. One of the oldest and most beautiful theaters in the nation, Thalian Hall was built between 1855 and 1858 to satisfy both the cultural and governmental needs of the city.

It originally served as a combination opera house and a seat for local government, with a library thrown in for good measure. When the theater opened on October 12, 1858, it seated 950 people.

Who performed at Thalian Hall?

As a major stop on the national touring circuit, Thalian Hall hosted well-known entertainers including Lillian Russell, Buffalo Bill Cody, John Phillip Sousa, Maurice Barrymore and Sir Henry Lauder. After the turn of the century, the facility was renovated and updated for electricity, but by the thirties, with the decline in traveling road shows, activity at Thalian Hall dwindled.

Thalian Hall had a few close calls with demolition during the thirties and forties, but the citizens always rallied to its support. The theater was restored to its turn-of-the-century splendor in 1973, and activity increased under the direction of the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. During the eighties, with funds from the city and state plus contributions from the citizens, $5 million was raised for an 18-month renovation and expansion project.

650+ annual events

Thalian Hall hosts more that 650 events per year, including concerts, stage plays, popular musical attractions, a children’s theater and Cinematique, which presents artistic films. With beautiful renovations completed in 2011, new seating, new lighting equipment and a new HVAC system make an evening in the theater much more comfortable and enjoyable now.

One addition worthy of special note is the fabulous chandelier that was donated to the theater. Affectionately named Alice, the audience cheers every time the chandelier is raised before a performance.

A newer addition is the exterior lighting, which was turned on for the first time on February 28, 2013. Designed by the same company that lit the Washington Monument, Statue of Liberty and the White House, the system uses 32 energy efficient fixtures that consume approximately the same amount of energy as two household microwaves. The beautiful historic building is now much more visible at night.

The most recent major renovation was completed in February 2015, when the Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre was completed. The space, previously known as the Studio Theatre, has now been redone with stadium seating, digital film equipment and state of the art light and sound equipment. The new theatre will be used for film half the time, and for live performances the rest of the time.

For more information visit www.thalianhall.org.

Upcoming 2019 Thalian Hall Events 

Thu, Feb 7
The Odd Couple
Fri, Feb 8
7:30 PM
The Odd Couple
Thu, Feb 28
7:30 PM
Always… Patsy Cline
Fri, Mar 1
6:30 PM
2019 Ladies and Gentlemen of the Cape Fear
Sat, Mar 2
7:30 PM
Always… Patsy Cline
Sun, Mar 3
3:00 PM
Always… Patsy Cline
Mon, Mar 4
7:00 PM
Mary Queen of Scots
Wed, Mar 6
7:00 PM
Mary Queen of Scots
Thu, Mar 7
The Queen’s Cartoonists
Fri, Mar 8
7:30 PM
Always … Patsy Cline
Sat, Mar 9
7:30 PM
Always… Patsy Cline
Sun, Mar 10
3:00 PM
Always… Patsy Cline
Fri, Mar 15
7:30 PM
Suddenly Last Summer
Sat, Mar 16
7:30 PM
Suddenly Last Summer
Sun, Mar 17
7:30 PM
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Mon, Mar 18
12:00 AM
Shoplifters
Tue, Mar 19
3:00 PM
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Wed, Mar 20
7:30 PM
2019 Wilmington Theatre Awards
Thu, Mar 21
7:30 PM
Suddenly Last Summer
Fri, Mar 22
7:00 PM
2019 Wilmington’s Got Talent
Thu, Feb 7
The Odd Couple
Fri, Feb 8
7:30 PM
The Odd Couple
Thu, Feb 28
7:30 PM
Always… Patsy Cline
Fri, Mar 1
6:30 PM
2019 Ladies and Gentlemen of the Cape Fear
Sat, Mar 2
7:30 PM
Always… Patsy Cline
Sun, Mar 3
3:00 PM
Always… Patsy Cline
Mon, Mar 4
7:00 PM
Mary Queen of Scots
Wed, Mar 6
7:00 PM
Mary Queen of Scots
Thu, Mar 7
The Queen’s Cartoonists
Fri, Mar 8
7:30 PM
Always … Patsy Cline
Sat, Mar 9
7:30 PM
Always… Patsy Cline
Sun, Mar 10
3:00 PM
Always… Patsy Cline
Fri, Mar 15
7:30 PM
Suddenly Last Summer
Sat, Mar 16
7:30 PM
Suddenly Last Summer
Sun, Mar 17
7:30 PM
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Mon, Mar 18
12:00 AM
Shoplifters
Tue, Mar 19
3:00 PM
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Wed, Mar 20
7:30 PM
2019 Wilmington Theatre Awards
Thu, Mar 21
7:30 PM
Suddenly Last Summer
Fri, Mar 22
7:00 PM
2019 Wilmington’s Got Talent
Sun, Mar 24
3:00 PM
Next Generation Leahy
Mon, Mar 25
7:30 PM
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in Wilmington
Tue, Mar 26
3:00 PM
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in Wilmington
Thu, Mar 28
8:00 AM
Brasil Guitar Duo
Fri, Mar 29
12:00 AM
Ticket Giveaway: TEDx Airlie
Sat, Mar 30
1:30 PM
One Cup of Tea
Fri, Apr 5
12:00 AM
Damn Yankees Performed by Thalian Association Community Theatre
Sat, Apr 6
7:30 PM
Damn Yankees
Sun, Apr 7
3:00 PM
Damn Yankees
Fri, Apr 12
12:00 AM
Damn Yankees
Sat, Apr 13
7:30 PM
Damn Yankees
Sun, Apr 14
3:00 PM
Damn Yankees