Duke University auditorium to reopen soon

August 25, 2013 by  

After two years and $15 million, the Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University is set to reopen.

The auditorium is the main performance and rehearsal space for university students. The renovation is almost complete, with the first performance in the new space scheduled for September 14. University faculty members say they hope the remodeled facility will entice artists to come to the campus. The theater is now 86 years old.

Renovating the building meant that architects had the opportunity to improve the stage, the seating, and the acoustics. The theater renovation is only part of an on-going project that will also remodel Page Auditorium and West Union, at a total cost of approximately $80 million. The money came from the Duke Endowment.

West Union was the main student eating and gathering place for over 50 years, until the 1982 opening of the Bryan Center. West Union is slated to undergo a complete makeover, creating new spaces for students to use for dining and social engagements. The Page Auditorium, which will also be remodeled, is the biggest theater on campus, with 1,200 seats. It opened in 1930 and has hosted some of the world’s greatest artists, as well as student productions.

All three of the buildings undergoing renovations have been part of the campus since its inception; construction of the campus began in 1924.

University officials can use the renovations to bring both artists and new students to Duke, and they could work with brochure printers to create mailers highlighting the new facilities.