J.E. Broyhill Civic Center


Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s J.E. Broyhill Civic Center is the Foothills’ premier performing arts and conference center. The facility, named in honor of Broyhill Furniture founder Ed Broyhill, features a 1,000-seat auditorium, ballroom, and multiple conference spaces.

The J.E. Broyhill Civic Center is conveniently located on U.S. 321 in Lenoir, just a short drive from Hickory, Statesville, Boone and the surrounding area. Our physical address is 1913 Hickory Blvd. SE, Lenoir, NC 28645. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 600, Lenoir, NC.

The Civic Center hosts an annual Showcase of Stars featuring a variety of performing arts events.

The Venue is also available for rent to the community for shows, performances, conferences, meetings, reunions, and a variety of other event of all sizes.

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General Information

Box Office Hours

The Civic Center Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Box Office will also open 2 hours prior to showtime for scheduled public events and typically closes 30 minutes after a production begins.

General Office Hours

Regular office hours for Civic Center staff are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. As a facility of CCC&TI, the Civic Center office hours coincide with CCC&TI office hours. During the summer months, hours are adjusted to 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday. 

Venue rental and events are not confined to these hours. The Civic Center is opened and staffed for all events.


Open public WiFi is available for general use.

Our History

The need for an entertainment, conference, and meeting venue for Caldwell County and the surrounding area was first realized in the late 1980s but truly began to take shape in June 1989 when CCC&TI purchased a former Fairfield Chair Company showroom. The existing facility contained 23,250 square feet and included 13.3 acres of land. That property would soon become known as the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, a state-of-the-art venue named in honor of Broyhill Furniture founder, Ed Broyhill. In August 1989, the North Carolina General Assembly appropriated $100,000 in capital construction funds to the college to assist with the ongoing civic center project. In July 1991, the college purchased a tract of land adjoining the civic center to make room for the ongoing project, parking, and future expansion.

The center officially opened its doors in October of 1993. Since that time, the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center has provided the region with quality entertainment, space to host meetings and events, a venue for special occasions, and much more with a goal of enhancing the quality of life for our area.