Directions to Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and the
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
From I-40 / South Raleigh
From I-40 take exit 298-A. Go 1.5 miles north on S. Saunders St. Turn right onto South St. Go 2 blocks. Duke Energy Center is on the right.
From US-1 / Capital Blvd. / North Raleigh
Take US-1 South into Raleigh. US-1 becomes Capital Blvd. Stay on Capital Blvd., crossing over I-440 (the Beltline). After you cross I-440 go another 3.4 miles south. Capital Blvd. becomes Dawson St. Go 10 blocks south on Dawson St. (0.8 miles). Turn left onto South St. Go 3 blocks on South St. Duke Energy Center is on the right.
From US-70 / Glenwood Ave. / Northwest Raleigh
From Glenwood Avenue / US-70, follow the US-70 E. signs toward downtown Raleigh. US-70 travels along Glenwood Avenue, turns onto Wade Avenue, then exits onto Capital Blvd. heading south. Capital Blvd. becomes Dawson St. Go 10 blocks south on Dawson St. (0.8 miles). Turn left onto South St. Go 3 blocks on South St. Duke Energy Center is on the right.
From US-64 / New Bern Ave. / Northeast Raleigh
Take US-64 W. toward Raleigh. US-64 becomes New Bern Ave. Follow New Bern Ave., crossing over I-440. After you cross I-440 go another 2.5 miles west. New Bern Ave. then becomes Edenton St. Go 1 mile on Edenton St. and turn left at the State Capitol onto Salisbury St. Duke Energy Center is 7 blocks on the left.
Parking Near Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
In addition to street parking, there are several available pay parking areas near the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
There are multiple lots–all conveniently located near the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts–for $7.00 per car. Look for the "Event Parking" signs and the attendants with the blue aprons.
If you have an NCT parking pass, please park in the Performing Arts deck at 128 W. South Street, with entrances off W. Lenoir and W. South Street, in the surface lot directly in front of the Duke Energy Center, or in the underground Convention Center Deck, with entrance off Lenoir St. Surface lots with pay boxes will not accept NCT parking passes as a form of payment.
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Directions to North Carolina Theatre Conservatory
US-70 E, Take the I-40 W ramp towards RALEIGH, Take the US-64 E/I-440 N exit (exit number 301), Take the US-1 N/CAPITAL BLVD/US-401 N exit, exit number 11B, towards WAKE FOREST/LOUISBURG, merge onto CAPITAL BLVD/US-1 N/US-401 N., CAPITAL BLVD/US-1 N/US-401 N becomes CAPITAL BLVD/US-1 N. Turn LEFT onto OLD WAKE FOREST RD, Turn Left onto Barrow Drive. NCT Studios is last studio on left at the end of the road.
From Durham and Chapel Hill
Take I-40 or Hwy 70 to I-540 E. Stay on I-540 to exit 16 heading south on US 1/ CAPITAL BLVD. Turn right on OLD WAKE FOREST RD. Turn left on Barrow Drive (less than 1 mile from Capital Blvd). NCT Studios is last studio on left at the end of the road.
Turn LEFT to take the I-40 E/I-85 N ramp towards BURLINGTON / DURHAM., Merge onto I-85 N, Take I-40 E towards RALEIGH. From I-40 take I-540 E toward Raleigh. Stay on I-540 to exit 16 heading south on US 1/ CAPITAL BLVD. Turn right on OLD WAKE FOREST RD. Turn left on Barrow Drive (less than 1 mile from Capital Blvd). NCT Studios is last studio on left at the end of the road.
From Wilmington/Duplin County/Johnston County
Take I-40 West to Raleigh. Take exit 301 (I-440 East) Take the US-1 N/CAPITAL BLVD/US-401 N exit, exit number 11B, towards WAKE FOREST/LOUISBURG, merge onto CAPITAL BLVD/US-1 N/US-401 N., CAPITAL BLVD/US-1 N/US-401 N becomes CAPITAL BLVD/US-1 N. Turn LEFT onto OLD WAKE FOREST RD, Turn Left onto BARROW DRIVE. NCT Studios is last studio on left at the end of the road.
Take US-1 North to Raleigh. US-1 N. becomes I-440. Take the US-1 N/CAPITAL BLVD/US-401 N exit, exit number 11, towards WAKE FOREST/LOUISBURG, merge onto CAPITAL BLVD/US-1 N/US-401 N., CAPITAL BLVD/US-1 N/US-401 N becomes CAPITAL BLVD/US-1 N. Turn LEFT onto OLD WAKE FOREST RD, Turn Left onto BARROW DRIVE. NCT Studios is last studio on left at the end of the road.
From Wake Forest/Louisburg/Franklin County
Take US-1 South toward Raleigh. After the I-540 interchange, turn Right onto OLD WAKE FOREST ROAD. Turn Left onto BARROW DRIVE. NCT Studios is the last studio on the left at the end of the road.
General Accessibility for the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Both parking lots located directly across South Street have accessible spaces.
The parking deck located on the corner of Salisbury and South Street has plenty of accessible spaces.
Golf carts are also available for those with mobility issues. They normally park near the accessible parking spaces both outside and in the parking deck. Patrons are transported close to the entrances of the theater.
Drop Off Area
The drop off area is located in the brick area in front of Lichtin Plaza. Driving on Lichtin Plaza is strictly prohibited.
Accessible parking for the Duke Energy Center Box Office is located on Wilmington Street adjacent to A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater. Accessible parking for the North Carolina Theatre Box Office is located in the Kennedy Theatre Parking lot on the Salisbury Street side of the building.
NCT Box Office Hours - Monday-Friday, 10am to 4pm
Please note: after business hours the parking lot is not considered public parking for evening and weekend performances.
Courtesy wheelchairs are available upon request. There is a limited supply of chairs and a drivers license is needed.
A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater
Main Level: men's is on the west side of the theater, women's is on the east side.
Balcony Level: both are located on east side
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Main level: located on east and west hallways leading into Dress Circle and Orchestra sections
Mezzanine and Balcony level: located in lobby area upstairs - the elevator is located in the center of the inner lobby
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals
Assistive listening devices are available in each theater. For A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater, these can be obtained at the Box Office area in the lobby and operate on an infrared signal. For Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, these can be obtained at the security office located on the west side of the inner lobby, adjacent to the Box Office and operate on an FM frequency and loop system.
Sign interpreted performance is also available upon request. A two to three week notice prior to performance is required.
People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision
We are proud to partner with Arts Access to provide audio description for the following performances on our Timeless 2016/17 Season:
Monty Python's SPAMALOT - Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 2:00PM
Always...Patsy Cline - Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 2:00PM
Saturday Night Fever - Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2:00PM
Jesus Christ Superstar - Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 2:00PM
Matilda the Musical - Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 2:00PM
Disney's Beauty and the Beast - Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 2:00PM
Ira David Wood III as Cervantes' Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. Phot Credit: Curtis Brown Photography.
Common Core Connections
North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards
Teachers Establish a Respectful Environment for a Diverse Population of Students:
At NC Theatre, we strive to satisfy the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards, shaping our theatrical experiences to "engage students and ensure [we] meet the needs of [our] students through inclusion and other models of effective practice" (NCDPI, 2013, p.4).
North Carolina Common Core Standards
Through attendance at North Carolina Theatre performances, and through completion of the Activities for Diverse Learners shared below, students will meet the following standards:
RI.5.6: Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent (NCDPI, 2010, p. 13).
B.AE.1.1: Analyze the major technical elements, such as sound, lights, set and costumes, and their interrelationships (NCDPI, p. 2).
B.CU.1.1: Use Theatre Arts to explore concepts in world history and relate them to significant events, ideas, and movements from a global context (NCDPI, p. 2).
B.CU.2.1: Illustrate appropriate theatre etiquette as a member of an audience, as a performer, and as a technician (NCDPI, p. 2).
Activities for Diverse Learners
English Language Learners:
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
English Language Learners:
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. North Carolina Essential Standards, High School Theatre Arts. Retrieved from
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. (2010). North Carolina Standard Course of Study for English Language Arts. Retrieved from
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. (2013). North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards. Retrieved from
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