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for Independent Weekly Vol. 25 Issue 47, November 2008
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Some are wondering who is responsible for the problems surrounding the construction of the Durham Performing Arts Center. The city owes millions on the project and the cost of the project has gone beyond its initial projections. The center’s oversight committee will not have much power to monitor the operating agreement the center has with its promoter and booking company. Also, many of the employees who will work in the center will not be able to make a living wage working there.
The new Durham Performing Arts Center advertises that it has a state of the art sound system. However, an investigation has revealed that the center sacrificed sound quality to meet its budget. This may cause acts to rent additional speakers which would place a financial burden on the touring performer. Some were wondering how the center was built so cheaply, and sacrificing sound quality may be one way the city was able to do so.
The business plan of Durham’s Performing Arts Center is detailed as the venue prepares to open. Some question whether Durham can support such a center with the cost of the Broadway shows, comedians, and concert acts the center is booking. Others believe the center will have no problem making money off events even as it competes with Raleigh. Specific statistics are provided for how much money per event the center must make to turn a profit and how the center will book touring acts.