Waterside Theatre, home of Lost Colony, to get new seats

By on January 19, 2022

(National Park Service)

All seats in Fort Raleigh National Historic Sites Waterside Theatre were removed late last year. (National Park Service photo)

The Fort Raleigh National Historic Site has awarded a $236,000 contract to Irwin Seating (Grand Rapids, Mich.) on Dec. 30, 2021 to fabricate and install new seating in the park’s Waterside Theatre, home of “The Lost Colony” outdoor symphonic drama.

Per the contract, Irwin Seating will fabricate approximately 1,600 outdoor theater seats with cupholders and install them by May 1, 2022. More than a dozen seats will be wheelchair accessible.

“We thank the Roanoke Island Historical Association for their longstanding partnership and assistance with removing the old, weathered seats,” said David Hallac, superintendent, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina. “We are so pleased to provide new, high-quality seating for the tens of thousands of visitors that enjoy The Lost Colony performance each summer.”

The last time the Waterside Theatre received a full replacement of seats occurred in 1998. Since that time, individual seats have been replaced as needed.




County Dare, North Carolina
Dare County Tourism Board

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Visitors Bureau will hold a public meeting to review the plans for an Outer Banks Event Center. The meeting will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Keeper’s Galley building at Haven on the Banks, 115 Dove Street, Nags Head North Carolina 27959.

Still in the conceptual phase, the Event Center is intended to provide suitable and flexible space for year-round events, concerts, sports, meetings, smaller tradeshows, galas and any number of other uses. Learn more about the benefits for visitors and residents and how the Event Center is planned to complement the new Soundside boardwalk that is being designed.

Staff will be on hand to answer any questions. For additional information, please visit our Event Center FAQ page.


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  • Sande Rogers

    Will the new seats carry the old dedications previously purchased in honor of loved ones?

    Friday, Jan 21 @ 8:08 pm