The grand chandelier hangs above the audience seating. The
reproduction installed in 2009-2010 is named "Alice" in honor
of Alice Wine, whose husband, Jerry, gave it in her memory.
WBM FILE PHOTO
1988 A $5 million project to expand Thalian
Hall and City Hall began. It took 18 months.
1990 The entrance to the theater moved
from Princess to Chestnut Street. The lobby box
office and other facilities were expanded.
1990 The theater was renovated and redeco-rated,
led by celebrated artist Claude Howell.
1990 To celebrate the grand reopening of
the newly improved Thalian Hall /City Hall on
March 2, a two-week performing arts festival was
presented by visiting artists and local art organiza-tions.
2003 A new master plan was completed, with more renovations and the
creation of a medium-sized playhouse adjacent to the present stage.
2007 The General Assembly designated Thalian Hall as the official community
theater of the state of North Carolina.
2008 Linda Lavin headlined the 150th anniversary celebration.
2009-2010 Another $4 million renovation took place, preserving
historical aspects of the theater and adding new technology and box office and lobby
2022 Tony Rivenbark, executive director of Thalian Hall Center for the
Performing Arts for 42 years passed away.