This is biased reporting. The cost to build DPAC was always $46.7 million since it was actually bid. The price did not go up. You can even look at the Indy article from over a year ago for proof:
Please tell me... did we spend too much or too little. Indy, please make up your mind.
I agree with the developer here. The Indy has been quite biased in its reporting against DPAC. The Indy cannot get over the fact that the DPAC is for large productions and not for local independent theater. Well, I'm sorry Indy, but this is simply not the theater you wanted. Get over it already. We have the Carolina theater if you want to run something local in a smaller space.
I agree with the previous post that most of the stories from Indy about the DPAC are negative. It's funny that the DPAC supported the food tax and baseball museum but not DPAC. I think it's solely because it did not play to small independent theater crowd.
Well, this is not that theater. I think it will do well. Durham needs something new and nice to draw people from across the Triangle and beyond and to help improve our reputation. Beyond that, this will help our local economy because visitors will spend money at restaurants for sure and hopefully at other retail stores as well.
Congrats to Durham!!
I appreciate the criticism about DPAC. However, the article is hardly balanced. It fails to mention the developing area of the American Tobacco Historic District and nearby downtown which is seeing an insurgence of new restaurants and offices. The theater will help fill those restaurants (which are already busy) and create new ones, and hopefully more retail as well, which creates more jobs.
While the DPAC may or may not fill that average of 6o seats per night, one thing is for sure: it will will fill a lot of seats on a lot of nights and it will bring people to downtown Durham from the greater Triangle area, many people who have not been to downtown Durham in years or even ever. And it will help change the perception of Durham in a positive way.
There were a lot of doubters about the new ballpark in the early 90's as well. I think we can all conclude now that the new ballpark was a major success and the $15 million it cost seems like pocket change now. We would not have ATHD without that ballpark.
The one thing the City should do is create a more pedestrian-friendly connection between ATHD and the downtown core.
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