The Tryon Festival Theatre seats 979, and was designed to facilitate productions of opera, dance, musical theatre, and concerts by soloists and small ensembles. The proscenium is 40 feet wide, 26 feet high; the stage is 35 feet deep to the cyclorama. The full-stage cyclorama is made of translucent material to allow projections from both front and rear. The grid is 88 feet high. Behind the cyclorama there is ample space to accommodate a complete stage set, making quick scenery changes possible. The left and right offstage wings are also large enough to hold additional full settings. The stage is entirely trapped in 4 by 8 foot sections. Two "Spiralift" powered forestage lifts can be raised to create a thrust when needed or can be lowered and used as an orchestra pit for fifty musicians.
In the stage house, there is a 24-line manual double purchase counterweight system, with 1,000 pound capacity per lineset. In addition, the Tryon Festival Theatre features a motorized light bridge, cyclorama, hard tormentor and teaser, and cyclorama.
The Tryon Festival Theatre is equipped with an Electronic Theatre Control, Inc. (ETC) Expression III Board and dimmer per circuit (265). There is a complete complement of lighting instruments, including ETC Source4 instruments, more than adequate to light the most elaborate grand opera, dance, or theatre piece, as well as two Lycian Star 1.2 follow spots.
An audio booth, located at the rear of the house orchestra level, is equipped with mixers, recorders, amps, and a central cluster speaker system. The theatre features a permanent Sennheiser Infrared System for the hearing impaired. There is a second, separate booth for audio recording. In addition, there are backstage audio/visual monitoring systems available for use by stage management and backstage choruses both from the rear of the house and from the orchestra pit.