This summer, the venerable Moore Hall Auditorium is being renovated into a lovely venue for intimate performances at UNC Pembroke.
Construction workers inside the stripped down auditorium.
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, said Dr. Tim Altman, chair of the Music Department.
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.
“We are very excited about performing in the new Moore Hall Auditorium,” Dr. Altman said. “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,” he said. “It’s going to be nice.”
The stage, with contemporary sound baffles and acoustics, will remain the same. The building is structurally sound, and the exterior shell needed weatherproofing.
Dr. 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,” Dr. Altman said.
Moore Hall was constructed in 1951 and named for the Rev. W.L. Moore (1857-1939). Rev. 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 with 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, please go to www.uncp.edu/music/.