Belk Theater

Carol Belk Theatre, located near Reynolds Green (aka The Mini-Quad), houses UNC Asheville's arena theater, the Theatre UNCA box office, the Department's main office, one faculty office, and the scene and costume shops. The theater seats 199 in arena format and is the main playing space for TheatreUNCA.

Visit TheatreUNCA's Mainstage Season page for information on upcoming stage productions.


Entrances and Seating

  • The main accessible entrance is off of Reynolds Green near parking lot P27 and is equipped with an automatic door.
  • Accessible seating and companion seating is available in the first row of the theatre. 


There is accessible parking in lot P27 at the end of Theater Lane.


The accessible restrooms are on both sides of the theatre's main foyer. 


Ground breaking ceremonies were held for the new theatre May 17, 1975 and construction for the 199-seat Carol Belk Theatre began in 1975 and went through 1976. The theatre is named after Mrs. Carol Grotnes Belk of Charlotte who is the wife of Irwin Belk. It was designed by J. Bertram King who is an architect from Asheville N.C., and the building was built by the Mountain Shore Construction Corp.  Prior to the opening of the Carol Belk theatre plays were performed in the Lipinsky Hall auditorium.  The Belk theatre allows for there to be a place reserved solely for plays with a unique design incorporating historic resonance and contemporary ideas. The basic design is a theatre in the round with the audience in three raked levels of seats surrounding an oval stage, which resembles the oval theaters of ancient Rome. At one end of the theatre three entire sections of seats can be removed to allow the theatre to be converted into a modified thrust arrangement. The facility cost $370,000 and was finished in late 1976. The formal dedication and naming of the building was held on April 21, 1977.