Frank Thompson Hall

Thompson Theater

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Location: Central Campus


Current Residents:
Production Volunteers and Staff
NCSU Craft Center

Built 1925
Renovation 1963
Renovation 2009

Sq. Footage 57,020

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History

In 1963 after renovations, the Thompson Gymnasium emerged as the Thompson Theater. Originally, the gymnasium was intended to establish a routine physical fitness schedule for students, since military drills were no longer required after World War I. Thompson Gymnasium became the first indoor athletic facility complete with two gyms, an indoor swimming pool, and an elevated indoor track. It also became the center for intercollegiate games. However, when Reynolds Coliseum took over the role of basketball facility, it left the classic building, with its urns and other ornamental architecture, open for the dramatic arts.

The building was named for Frank Martin Thompson (1886-1918), an NC State engineering graduate who was captain of both the baseball and football teams. He was killed in action in France during World War I.

Frank Thompson Hall underwent extensive renovation from 2007-2009, reopening in fall of 2009. It includes the two renovated theatres: Titmus Theatre, seating 192 and the Kennedy McIlwee Studio Theatre, seating 102. Also in the building are the theatre production shops, rehearsal hall and classrooms. On the lower level is The Crafts Center, with renovated shops and classrooms for pottery, woodworking, jewelry, photography and more.

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