Thalian Hall is one of the oldest theatres in the United States and has been in almost continuous use since its opening in 1858. The theatre has been under the management of the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. since 1963. In addition to the historic Thalian Hall Main Stage, the THCPA staff operates the City Council Chambers and Ballroom, and the Studio Theatre. THCPA operates the Center Box Office, coordinates the calendar, and supervises the use of the facility. The organization provides ushers and maintains the interior of the building. THCPA produces the Main Attractions Series, Pied Piper Theatre, and co-produces the Cinematique Film Series with WHQR.


Last year there were over 250 shows, events, and films for a total of 495 performances. These programs attracted audiences totaling more than 85,000 people. The events ranged from music to ballet and theatre, from pop, jazz, folk and country music to the finest in domestic, independent, and foreign films. The Thalian Hall complex is the site of recitals, awards ceremonies, film festivals, lectures, and charity events and is home to a large number of theatre and performing companies including Opera House Theatre, Thalian Association, Cape Fear Theatre Arts, and Willis Richardson Players.


Thalian Hall offers educational performances and programs attracting more than 10,000 school children each season. It is one of the most heavily utilized facilities of its kind in the nation and is an economic generator stimulating the local economy by more than $2 million dollars annually. Today, Thalian Hall continues to serve as the most enduring symbol of Wilmington's cultural heritage and exciting plans are in process for its future under the direction of the THCPA.