PMHigh Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Progress Energy
Center for the Performing Arts is the main venue for the performing
arts in Raleigh, North Carolina. The naming rights to the center
currently are held by Progress Energy, which purchased them from
the city in 2005 for a 20-year term at the cost of $7.5 million.
The original naming rights previously were held by BTI Telecom
(acquired by ITC^DeltaCom in 2003), and the facility was known as
the BTI Center for the Performing Arts from 1997-2005. Raleigh
Memorial Auditorium opened in 1932 to replace the city's original
1912 City Auditorium, which burned in 1930. The auditorium's name
commemorates Raleigh citizens who died serving their country during
World War I. Situated downtown at the southern end of Fayetteville
Street, the Greek Revival structure is an architectural complement
to the North Carolina State Capitol located a few blocks away at
the northern terminus of the stree
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