Rent the Wilson Center

We are now accepting rental inquiries for dates up to June 30, 2025. Please fill out the Rental Inquiry Form below to begin the process of requesting rental dates.

Before submitting a request for space in the Wilson Center, please consider:

  • No date is guaranteed or should be considered firm until a signed contract is executed and all applicable deposits are received.
  • All event space requests should ideally be submitted 12 months in advance of preferred dates.
  • For events where tickets will be sold to the general public, rental clients must provide proof of a successful track record of presenting events in large theaters or other venues of 1,000 seats or more.
  • Inquiries are considered on a space-available basis and are considered in the order in which they are received.
  • The programmatic responsibilities of the college’s academic and performing arts initiatives take precedence over such use by non-college organizations and aim to utilize the performance hall over all other intended uses.
  • We encourage you to review our current rental rates prior to submitting an inquiry.

About Our Space

Performance Hall (capacity 1499)

The performance hall offers professional-quality lighting, sound, and rigging equipment. The main stage is 41 feet deep and 87 feet wide and regularly accommodates large-scale touring concerts and Broadway performances. Backstage accommodations include a two-bay covered loading dock, two star dressing rooms, three group dressing rooms, a green room, and a wardrobe room. Raked and spacious seating is offered on all three floors, creating excellent views for every guest. The modern glass-lined lobby provides a beautiful space to anxiously await the show

Wilson Center performance hall with piano on the stage.
Seating Chart

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Wilson Center offer any discounts for certain entities?

As a matter of fact, we do! The Wilson Center waives our base rental rate for County, State, and Government Agencies, and offers lower base rental rates to non-profit organizations (with appropriate documentation). Lower rates are also available to any North Carolina-based organization that rents the center for three dates or more (consecutive or nonconsecutive) in one fiscal year.

What types of events rent the venue?

The Wilson Center hosts a wide variety of events through its renters, but the most common are concerts, comedians, or dance performances. In terms of scaling, renters should expect that fees may apply to any event with less than 750 paying attendees (said fees would normally be recouped in ticket sales).

What equipment does the Wilson Center have?

The Wilson Center has a large variety of equipment in-house including an orchestra shell and grand piano. A list of equipment and pricing can be requested by emailing Tammy Daniels.

What type of marketing support does the Wilson Center offer?

Marketing is the direct responsibilty of the renter. Your event will be listed within our ticketing event page. Additional support, such as targeted emails or in-house advertising can be requested through our marketing team.

What time does the Wilson Center typically hold shows?

For the average event at the Wilson Center, doors to the venue open at 6:00pm or 6:30pm, doors to the hall open at 7:00pm, and the show begins at 7:30pm.

Can I use an outside technician for my event?

The Wilson Center Technical Director must approve of all personnel.

Can I sell my own tickets for my event?

All events must be handled through the Wilson Center Box Office. Users may not print, distribute or sell their own tickets for an event without going through the Box Office process and approval.

Does the college have any other rental spaces?

Beyond the Wilson Center, Cape Fear Community College has several other spaces available to rent. To learn more about those spaces or to submit an inquiry, visit the event space page .

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