Last updated: August 04. 2014 2:22PM - 531 Views
By Scott Bigelow | The University of North Carolina at Pembroke



Contributed photo | Performance major Demondrae Thurman at his senior recital in the auditorium last spring. More than 10,000 people attended events in the 63-year-old auditorium.
Contributed photo | Performance major Demondrae Thurman at his senior recital in the auditorium last spring. More than 10,000 people attended events in the 63-year-old auditorium.
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PEMBROKE — This summer, the venerable Moore Hall Auditorium is being renovated into a lovely venue for intimate performances at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. The auditorium is home annually to a professional artist series as well as dozens of performances by UNCP choirs, ensembles and recitals.


In June, the interior of the building was stripped bare as workers replaced walls, ceiling, carpet and all 216 seats to be ready for the return of students in August. The auditorium, which also features balcony seating, is the site for hundreds of annual concerts, recitals, plays, auditions and rehearsals each year.


“We are very excited about performing in the new Moore Hall Auditorium,” said Tim Altman, chairman of the Music Department. “It is well used; we estimate 10,000 people attend events there every year. The new auditorium will be structurally sound, aesthetically pleasing and visually very different with new seats, walls, ceilings and lighting. It’s going to be nice.”


Altman believes the new auditorium is a selling point for his department and the university.


“When I show around prospective students and professionals, I will be proud to show them our auditorium, you bet,” he said.


Moore Hall was constructed in 1951 and named for the Rev. W.L. Moore, who lived from 1857 to 1939. Moore was the first principal of the school and is known as the university’s “founder, erector, teacher.”


The auditorium has always been the university’s second stage after the former auditorium in Old Main, which had 800 seats and was built in 1923, and then Givens Performing Arts Center, which has 1,600 seats and was built in 1975.


When the university renovated Moore Hall in 2006 and added a new band room, the auditorium was left untouched. With seats sagging and water-stained walls, the new, improved auditorium will be a welcoming sight for a new era for performers and concertgoers.


Besides performances by student and faculty groups, the auditorium is home to a professional artist series. To learn more about music programs in Moore Hall Auditorium and UNCP, visit uncp.edu/music.

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