A Vibrant Place for the Community
Since opening in January 2016, McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center in Henderson, N.C., has become the place for live entertainment, shows and events in the Kerr Lake region. From Grammy-winning artists to local community performances and educational seminars, there is truly something for everyone at McGregor Hall.
The highlight of the performing arts center is the 1,000-seat state-of-the-art theater with professional-grade theatrical stage and orchestra pit that meets the standards of today’s Broadway production houses. Along with the hi-tech audio, visual and lighting system, the theater has a wealth of theatrical amenities such as a rigging system that can hoist performers in the air and quickly move scenery backdrops. All the behind-the-scenes attributes, including the dressing rooms, meet the standards of professional actors, artists and production staff.
McGregor Hall was also built with the community in mind. The contemporary yet classic design blends seamlessly within historic downtown Henderson. When attending a show, the theater provides you with comfortable and spacious seating that offer intimate sightlines to the stage and optimum acoustics.
However, McGregor Hall is much more than just a theater. It is a symbol of growth and renewed spirit within the region. Years before the first performance, the center was part of a visionary plan by community leaders and proactive citizens who strived to revitalize downtown Henderson as well as provide the community with a place to experience world-class education, arts and entertainment.
In 2000, the Embassy Cultural Center Foundation (ECCF) was formed as a non-profit organization that would bring this vision to life. Commemorating the former Embassy Theater that once stood in downtown Henderson, the group formulated the visionary plans for the Embassy Square Project. As a result, today stands the Perry Memorial Library, the McGregor Hall gallery and the theater, all of which offer a place for learning and community enrichment.
Each year, McGregor Hall provides the community with approximately 20 major performances as well as a wide variety of civic events, learning opportunities, and celebrations of educational achievements. And as a prime destination for social, cultural and educational interaction, the Embassy Square Project is becoming an economic catalyst in the region that is helping to provide a vibrant, thriving place for generations to come.