Exploring Durham

Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus
Sep. 19, 2013 @ 10:16 AM

The Full Frame Theater is part of the recently renovated Power Plant at American Tobacco and is operated by Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. The theater made its debut at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and now hosts premieres and other film events. The 99-seat theater boasts a new high-performance digital projection system that displays true HD resolution, along with surround sound, and an onyx fixed frame screen with a 16-foot by nine-foot image area.

The Center for Documentary Studies and the master of fine arts in experimental and documentary arts at Duke University along with American Tobacco Campus hosts programs and events in the Full Frame Theater. Many of these events are open to the Duke and Durham communities. 

The Power Plant at American Tobacco was built in 1930 as a second coal-fired power source for the tobacco warehouse. Today, the plant’s structure and historical features including the four-story furnace have been preserved, and are on display in the Power Plant’s Boiler Room, an event space that can be rented for weddings and other events. The Power Plant also contains the Power Plant Gallery, a 1,500-square-foot visual art space. Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s offices are also on the first floor of the Power Plant.

Insider Tip: The Full Frame Theater is available for rental for screenings and other events.

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.