Robinson Hall is a state-of-the-art center for the performing arts containing 118,000 square feet of classrooms, offices, and rehearsal and performance space. The hall was built and equipped at a cost of $28 million, financed by a statewide bond issue approved by voters in a 2000 referendum. When the hall opened in 2004, the facilities greatly expanded and enlivened the educational program at UNC Charlotte by providing places for students and faculty to perform before a variety of publics.
The building's location near the main entrance to the University makes it clearly visible from University City Boulevard, creating an iconic landmark for the campus. The building overlooks the scenic beauty of Heikenbleikner Lake, while also granting immediate access to nearby parking garages and offering direct pedestrian links to the core campus.
The first of Robinson Hall's three stories houses the 332-seat Anne R. Belk Theater, which features a 3,500-square-foot stage equipped with 18 trap doors, a 60-foot fly-loft for storing and changing scenery, and an orchestra pit for opera and musical theatre performances. Also on the first floor are a spacious choral rehearsal room, a media presentation room, and a music education classroom with an observation laboratory. The second floor includes the instrumental rehearsal room, digital piano lab, and music technology lab. The third floor contains the Department of Music Office, faculty studios, classrooms that are equipped with the latest educational technology, and practice rooms, some of which offer acoustical technologies that, with the push of a button, allow students to recreate a variety of performances settings, from an intimate studio to a large concert hall, and even a gothic cathedral.