Page Auditorium was constructed in 1935 at the center of Duke’s collegiate gothic West Campus.
At 1,150 seats, it is the largest on-campus venue for speakers, concerts and theatrical performances. Its renovation required the sensitive treatment of existing historic features, while allowing for the introduction of modern audio visual and lighting systems. The existing, high quality, seating components were retained, but were rehabilitated, reconfigured and wired with lighting. Leaded glass windows were reconstructed to match the original design, while their original limestone surrounds were exposed and highlighted.
New features include an open theater ceiling with LED lighting and acoustic clouds, a re-proportioned proscenium wall, cork flooring, a concealed ADA compliant stage lift, and an extended control room to accommodate the new theatrical systems. Theater support spaces were refreshed with new fixtures, finishes and lighting to complement the updates to the house. The improvements to Page Auditorium have transformed it into a modern performance venue while maintaining its unique historic character.