This Week in Durham History
Carolina Theatre opens
Opened on Feb. 2, 1926, the Carolina Theatre quickly became a cultural and social center for public functions and live entertainment. In 1929 the theatre was transformed into a motion picture house until its renovation in 1988. It now showcases a 1,016-seat auditorium which closely resembles its original 1926 appearance.
First public library opens
With the leadership of women such as Lalla Carr, Durham raised the funds to build and open in February 1898 the first free public library in the state, the first supported from public funds. On its second anniversary, the library at Five Points, boasted 4,500 volumes and an average circulation of 60 books a day.