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Ruth Eckerd Hall

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Address: 1111 North McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759
Phone Number: (727) 791-7400
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Description: Ruth Eckerd Hall's near perfect acoustics have received rave reviews from...
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.
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Needs improvement but a good place to see a show

I have seen many shows here, as they attract a lot of quality acts. It is a wonderful, intimate place to see a show, if you have a ticket in the first half of the theater. Once... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Clearwater, Florida, United States
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Clearwater, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I have seen many shows here, as they attract a lot of quality acts. It is a wonderful, intimate place to see a show, if you have a ticket in the first half of the theater. Once you start getting a seat behind that, the act gets so small that you cannot accurately see what is going on. The acoustics... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

VIP Package for Dinner, Show and Parking is not worth the package. Skip the meal as it's a very small and poor selection of food. Only 1 vegetable was on the buffet and that was overcooked broccoli, the seafood chowder was all broth and no seafood, and the main course of either flat iron skirt steak or turkey was seasoned... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have been an RHE member for many years and it never disappoints. I recently attended a show at The Capitol Theater, the Ruth Eckerd Hall sister venue in Clearwater, and it is clear that the tradition of excellence continues. Congratulations to the RHE Team and "may the music never stop"!

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I saw Alton Brown Live Tuesday, February 2nd and had a great time. Alton told stories, sang songs, and made food in amazing ways with unexpected items. This was my first show at Ruth Eckerd Hall, and I can highly recommend this facility. There is ample parking, and the venue is lovely - outside and inside. The acoustics are great,... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Very nice venue. We were towards the back and sounds and view excellent there. Nice not having to sit where there are poles and aisles with people walking up and down them. Rows arranged so even short folks can see over the person in front of them. Look forward to going back.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Ruth Eckerd Hall is a nice facility, with adequate parking. It really is like a giant movie theater. Acoustics could be a lot better. Seating is fairly comfortable, although you enter through one side of the aisle and have to climb over everyone. Show started right on time. I do not think there is a bad seat in the house.... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

It was a privilege and treat to see Tchaikovsky's Violin Concierto featuring Jennifer Kho. My grandmother would have been moved. She was a concert pianist and I felt her presence. The director was masterful, coaxing and prodding the musicians to their pinnacle. I was riveted and even my uninitiated companion appreciated the level of dedication. My only critique has to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Have been visiting the various venues in the Tampa/Sarasota area. Van Wezel had been the highest until we came to Ruth Eckerd Hall last Friday night. Straz just OK, because it's just too big and acoustics not very good, so only will go back unless show nowhere else around here. Have not been to Capitol Theatre yet, but understand it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I am at REH as often as I can get there, but I don't remember if I've ever reviewed it....so, here it is: I LOVE this venue! I have NEVER had a bad seat; I can't imagine that there is one. The acoustics are as good as everyone says. I agree that the lack of a middle aisle can be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Been here several times and have enjoyed the performances. Have seen Broadway, stand-up, singing and dancing, and I can say the views are generally good, even in the higher tiers, and the acoustics are very good. The lobby area gets very congested. It looks like it was not designed for so many people, and the concessions are few, with long... More 

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