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Ruth Eckerd Hall

1111 North McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759
(727) 791-7400
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Ranked #7 of 33 attractions in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Owner description: Ruth Eckerd Hall's near perfect acoustics have received rave reviews from artists, technicians and audience members since opening in 1983. Combined... more » Owner description: Ruth Eckerd Hall's near perfect acoustics have received rave reviews from artists, technicians and audience members since opening in 1983. Combined with state of the art equipment, comfortable amenities and world class entertainment, it's no wonder that it has been recognized as one of Tampa Bay's best concert halls numerous times as well as a finalist for Pollstar's Theater of the Year twice. In 2003, the Hall's audience chamber received a complete refurbishment, its 2,180 seats were reconfigured to accommodate more patrons with disabilities, and lobby and restrooms were expanded.Ruth Eckerd Hall has continental-style seating. Almost every patron prizes a center seat and continental-style provides the maximum possible. There are no support columns, no obstructed views. Seating is sloped and staggered. For safety and comfort, the aisle space is wider than traditional layouts; entry and exit can be made while patrons remain seated. There are 14 sets of double doors leading out from the audience chamber. With this configuration, a full house can be cleared in a matter of minutes.Among the original community leaders who conceptualized building a performing arts center this side of Tampa Bay, was Jack Eckerd. During construction, Mr. Eckerd designated a significant contribution as a birthday gift to his beloved wife, Ruth, making the dream a reality. The Hall proudly bears her name. « less
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Chicago
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This music venue has a wonderful sound system and free parking, but I did not like the seating. Rows of seating.....with only side aisles mean that if someone in sitting in a prime center seat, if they need to get up for any reason, MANY people need to stand up to let the person out, and that in turn blocks... More

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Bradenton, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Had the pleasure of seeing The Fray at this venue. A very intimate and comfortable experience. FREE parking!?! We were in row K, perfect distance - not too close, not too far. I am now on their email list, I will go here at any available opportunity!

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New Port Richey, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We have now been to Ruth Eckerd Hall for several events. The facility is great and offers great acoustics and great viewing from all seats. The only unhappy note is that when they advertise events they do not make it totally clear where the event is being held. It takes real looking to find out if you will be at... More

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

My husband and I were there recently to see Dave Koz summer horns. Excellent show very friendly people.

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Seminole, Florida
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82 reviews 82 reviews
10 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

What a fantastic show, much, much more than we expected. Just hours of reminiscing great music from the past. Waiting for the 60's to make their debut. Always a great place to enjoy the best entertainment and fun people.

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Valrico, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Show was GREAT! Ushers were friendly, but maybe a little unaware of the theater layout. We entered from the left, and usher stated out seats were in the middle of the row. Turns out our seats were close to the RIGHT entrance and we had to cross over about 50 people to get to out seats! A great view from... More

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Clearwater, Florida
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This facility is first class. Very nicely decorated and hosts top names. The seating is done in such a way that you can see from any vantage point. Parking is not hard. There is sufficient parking even if you get a "far" spot . I Highly recommend visiting- at least once.

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Tampa
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Ruth Eckerd Hall is as good as it gets, when it comes to a concert venue. The sound is impeccable and there is not one bad seat in the house. LOVE this place!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This place is a hidden gem - lots of great acts to see and reasonable ticket prices. We are lucky to have this so close to the Tampa area, too. Not a bad drive at all.

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Belleair Beach, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

What an excellent job that has been done in renovating this historic venue. Its size and great acoustics made for a wonderful concert experience

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