Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

The Thomas Wolfe Auditorium first opened its doors in 1975 and has a seating capacity of 2,431. The Auditorium is the annual home of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and has hosted such acts as: BB King, Willie Nelson, and Jerry Seinfeld.

Self-Guided Tour

RENTAL RATES

Ticketed Events*:

$1500.00 base rental fee vs. 10% of Net Gross Ticket Receipts. Net Gross is actual gross less 7% North Carolina Sales Tax and a 2% City Surcharge. Tickets must be sold by the U.S. Cellular Center Box Office.

All Other Events*:

$1500.00 base rental fee per day where no admission is charged. Additional time after midnight $50.00 per hour.

Non-Permitted Outside Food & Beverage:

$500.00 fee. To be charged if and only if renting client allows unapproved outside food and/or beverages to enter the facility.

*Note: Prices listed do not include requisite facility operating and staffing expenses.

Load-in door:             8’1”H x 7’8”W.

Location:                     Ramp access to exterior loading dock (34” high), upstage left wall.

Airport Information:
Asheville Regional Airport
Exit 44 on I-26
(828) 209-3660

Cleaners:
Asheville Cleaners
Merrimon Avenue
(828) 254-2364

Full Service Hotels:
Aloft
Biltmore Avenue
(828) 232-2838

Four Points by Sheraton
Woodfin Street
(828) 253-1851

Haywood Park Hotel
Battery Park Avenue
(828) 252-2522

Hotel Indigo
Haywood Street
(828) 239-0239

Renaissance Hotel
Thomas Wolfe Plaza
(828) 252-8211

Note: Hotels listed are within walking distance to the U.S. Cellular Center.

Laundromat:
Fiesta Laundries
Merrimon Avenue
(828) 505-1228

Quick as a Wink Cleaners
Biltmore Avenue
(828) 253-2331

Restaurants (24-hour/open late):
Denny’s
Patton Avenue (24 hr)
(828) 254-3600

Cook-Out
Tunnel Road (3 AM)
(828) 505-8200

Huddle House
Hendersonville Road (12 AM)
(828) 274-5726

IHOP
Tunnel Road (12 AM)
(828) 255-8601

Rosetta’s Kitchen
Broadway (11 PM)
(828) 232-0738

Waffle House
Tunnel Road (24 hr)
(828) 258-0348

Theatrical Supplier:
M&L Sound
Knoxville, TN
(865) 693-5058

SE Systems
Greensboro, NC
(336) 275-4444

SRO Productions
Roanoke, VA
(540) 342-0400

Stewart Sound
Asheville, NC
(828) 683-4156

Venue Shape Proscenium Theater
Seating Maximum 2,430    Balcony: 1,048    Mezzanine: 353    Orchestra: 959     Pit: 70
House Opens Sixty (60) minutes prior to curtain
Event Time 8:00 PM (customary)
Outside Catering Must use facility approved caterer; list available upon request
Novelties Locations available; percentage applicable (see contract)
Stage Hands IATSE local 278 (minimum call four (4) hours)
Temperature Control Facility is air-conditioned and heated, year-round
ADA Accessible House, Stage, and Dressing Rooms are accessible

DRESSING ROOMS TYPE CAPACITY LOCATION
2 Single 4 Below Stage
2 Double 6 Below Stage
2 Chorus 15 Below Stage
1 Quick Change 6 Stage Right (temporary set up)

 

  • Rooms contain lighted make-up mirrors, chairs, tables, sinks and commodes (chorus dressing rooms do not have commodes).
  • Showers located in hallway, across from chorus dressing rooms.

Wardrobe Information:            Use “Green Room” (24’ x 30’) or hallways (8’ x 20’ or 8’ x 16’).

Makeup Rooms:                     Use Dressing Rooms.

House Type Hemp
Sand in Theater Total 3,275 lb.
Grand Border 12’H x 54’L One (1), hung dead, pleated. Color: Cherry #1077
Grand Drapery 28’H x 54’L One (1), travel & hung dead. Color: Cherry #1077
Back Drops 28’H x 54”L Two (2), on battens. Color: Black
Legs 28’H x 8’6”W Five (5) sets, on battens. Color: Black
Borders 12’H x 54’W Three (3), on battens. Color: Black
Batten Weight Capacity 600 pounds per batten

(Grand Drapery and Grand Border are 25 oz. memorable velour, 100% cotton with black denim lining.)
Note:  All curtains are flame retardant

Take I-26 or I-40 to Asheville, North Carolina. Exit all interstates to I-240. Exit 4-C on I-240 and follow signs to U.S. Cellular Center. Loading areas are located off of Flint Street, Hiawassee Street, and Vanderbilt Place. Click here for Google Maps location.

QUANTITY PHASE AMPERAGE SERVICE TYPE LOCATION
1 3 phase 600A 120-208 DISCONNECT STAGE RIGHT
1 3 phase 200A 120-208 DISCONNECT STAGE RIGHT
1 1 phase 100A 120-208 DISCONNECT STAGE RIGHT
4 1 phase 20A 110 DUPLEX CIRCUITS 2 PER STAGE POCKET

Notes: All disconnects are from the same transformer. All electrical is on a Water Pipe Ground.

House Lighting/Sound Mix: Main Floor Center, Rows “V & W”. (Limited due to ADA seating area)

Dimmer: Two (2) scene, twenty (20) inputs, 3600 watts each. (Circa 1940)
Light bridge (cove lights): Twelve (12) – 750 watt Source Four
Light pipes: Three (3) – all on dimmers.
#1P: Ten (10) 1000 watt scoops, 14” focusing quartz.
#2P: Eight (8) 1000 watt scoops.
#3P: Six (6) 1000 watt scoops
Front of House Lights: 12 Source Four (750 watts)
Follow Spots: Two (2) Super Troopers. Located in rear of balcony.
Control Location: Down stage right at proscenium (8’ off floor). *House lighting control is at this location.

  • See Attached Pipe Schedule
  • Hemp House: many limitations and stipulations exist
  • 600 pound weight limit per five line set
  • Removing or relocating the house electrics/lights and/or goods, additional charge may be required
  • Battens are in a fixed location and are not movable
  • Structural steel is available to hang motorized hoists
PIPE DISTANCE LINE SET HOUSE NOTES
-0’ 9” Plaster Line
-0’ 5” Fire Curtain
1 0’ 0” 4 line set Grand Border
NA 0’ 4” Grand Drape
NA 1’ 5” Projection Screen
2 3’ 3” 5 line set 1st Electric
3 4’ 2” 4 line set Batten
4 5’ 0” 5 line set 1st Black Legs
5 6’ 4” 4 line set Batten
6 7’ 4” 4 line set Batten
NA 8’ 2” On Motor Ceiling Shell
7 8’ 8” 4 line set 2nd Black Legs
8 10’ 2” 4 line set Batten
9 10’ 11” 4 line set Black Border
10 12’ 7” 5 line set Batten
11 13’ 3” 5 line set 2nd Electric
12 14’ 10” 4 line set 3rd Black Legs
13 17’ 2” 5 line set Back Drop – Black
NA 17’ 5” On Motor Ceiling Shell
14 19’ 0” 4 line set 4th Black Legs
15 19’ 8” 4 line set Black Border
16 20’ 1” 4 line set Batten
17 21’ 4” 5 line set 3rd Electric
18 22’ 10” 5 line set Batten
19 24’ 0” 4 line set Batten
20 24’ 8” 5 line set 5th Black Legs
NA 26’ 2” On Motor Ceiling Shell
21 26’ 7” 5 line set Black Border
22 27’ 4” 4 line set Batten
23 29’ 4” 5 line set Batten
24 30’ 11” 4 line set Batten
25 31’ 8” 5 line set Back Drop – Black

Many limitations and stipulations exist. Please contact Dan Dover or IATSE Local 278 with questions.

  • Maximum capacity of a 5 line set is 600 pounds
  • If it is necessary to remove or relocate the house electrics/lights and/or goods, additional charge may be required.
  • Proscenium Width: 50 ft.; Proscenium Height 21ft.;
  • Height of grid to stage floor 50ft.

Depth from house: 2’3” with removable panels
Depth from stage: 5’11”
Length: 56’
Width: 14’ (center stage) to 6’ (sides)

 Chairs  Metal and Padded
 Conductor’s Podium  One (1)
 Follow Spots  Two (2); Strong Super Troopers (carbon arc)
 Forklift  Two (2)            Fuel: Propane Forks: 42”
 Maximum Weight: 5,000 lb.     Maximum Height: 156”
 Do not have access to get forklifts inside or onto the loading dock
 Ice  10 lb. bags (available from concessions)
 Medics  Upon Request (NC EMT Certified)
 Microphones  Four (4) of Shure SM58 quality
 Music Stands  Limited (30)
 Office Equipment  Copier, fax machine, limited furniture, etc.
 Orchestra Shell  Fifteen (15); Wenger Rollaway Shells w/ adjustable canopy, expands 6’3” to 13’4”
 Piano(s)  Upright and Steinway Concert Grand (Tuning available upon request)
 Pipe & Drape  Limited Footage (Blue & very limited Black), 3’ and 8’ sections available
 Risers  4’ x 8’ with 8”, 16” and 24” height (limited quantity)
 Rostrum with podium  One (1); lighted with music stand
 Security/Police  Upon Request
 Sound System (PA)  Sound Craft Console, Electro-Vice speakers
 Stage  4’ x 8’ x 4’h/5’ (Stage Right portable sections)
 Tables  8’ banquet, 30” high rounds, and 60” rounds available
 Telephone Lines  Twelve (12) lines (Local, 800, 888 and 0 dial calls only)

Mixer Sound Craft with 8 inputs (8 in-house microphones, 1 wireless (if available)
Speakers Frazier and JBL – General house PA system
Speaker Location Flown – Center House off the downstage edge (no-obstructive)
Communication Clear-Com wired to all spotlight locations & control booth
Control Location Rear of house balcony, center

Chris Corl, General Manager (828) 259-5452
Marcia Hart, Booking and Events Administrator (828) 259-5743
Dan Dover, Operations Manager (828) 259-5741
Laura Weston, Box Office Manager (828) 259-5742
Cassandra Marcelo, Marketing and Box Office Coordinator (828) 259-5739
Benita Wynn, Event Coordinator (828) 259-5750

Size 70’ x 40’
Working stage area 50’ x 32’
House Stairs Stage Right
Proscenium width 50’
Proscenium height 21’
Stage Height from floor: 4’5”     Height of grid from stage floor: 50’
House goods trim height 22’
Depths Main Curtain to last working line: 26’     Main Curtain to Back Wall: 32’
Widths Center Line to Stage Left Wall: 30’     Center Line to Stage Right Wall: 35’
Floor Type 3/4” x 1” x 4” sub-floor; 3/4” oak; 1/2” plywood on diagonal; 3/4” oak finish floor

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