We are now accepting rental inquiries for dates up to June 30, 2024.
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 performance hall offers professional-quality lighting and sound systems, rigging, acoustics and orchestra equipment, and boasts three floors that wrap the stage, creating excellent views for every guest. The main stage is 40 ft 10 in deep and 87 ft 6 in wide. Rental also includes use of our two private star dressing rooms, three large group dressing rooms, and green room (a wardrobe room with washer and dryer is available for an additional fee).
Lobby Only (cap. 2200)
The Center’s mammoth three-story, glass-walled lobby can comfortably accommodate a crowd with a 2200 person standing capacity (capacity may vary depending on the lobby layout). The space has two primary levels: the main orchestra level is 10,329 square feet and upper grand tier is 3705 square feet. This rental does not include access to the main performance hall.
Wilma W. Daniels Gallery
Located on the ground floor of the Hanover Street parking deck across from the Center, the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery proudly features CFCC Student and Faculty work, local Wilmington and North Carolina artists, and various international artists. The space is 2500 square feet and can accommodate 130 guests (capacity may vary depending on the exhibition footprint), making it perfect for receptions, meetings, or other special events. If you are an artist looking to exhibit your work in the gallery, please submit your proposal using the exhibition proposal form.
Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is a renter?
A renter is an organization, promoter, business, etc. that “rents” the Wilson Center for a period of time. Just like rent for a house, there is a base rate, as well as additional fees that may apply depending on the type of needs of the event. Wilson Center staff are not responsible for running your event, we are simply the landlords.
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 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).
If I am a first-time renter, when is the best time to submit requests for dates?
Though the Wilson Center accepts date requests year-round, the venue tends to book up to 12 months in advance. For first-time renters, the best time to submit dates is March 1 prior to the fiscal year you intend to have your event in. For instance, if you want to hold an event in the 2023-2024 fiscal year (July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024), you should submit your dates on March 1, 2023 when the dates for that fiscal year open to the public.
What is a resident renter?
Any organization that rents the Center for 3 or more dates in a season is considered a resident. Residents qualify for a reduced base rental rate, as well as priority access to date requests when they open for the next season. Learn more about our current residents on our Resident Organizations page. Interested in becoming a resident? Email firstname.lastname@example.org!
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 found in the Wilson Center Rental Rate sheet.
What type of marketing support does the Wilson Center offer?
The Wilson Center offers lobby banners and email blasts for a fee, as well as extra charges for design work.
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 Ticket Central Office. Users may not print, distribute or sell their own tickets for an event without going through the Ticket Central process and approval.
Does the Wilson Center co-promote with outside presenters?
The Wilson Center does not offer any co-promotional opportunities at this time.
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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