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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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Clean, great staff, great seating, air conditioned, pricey drinks

This place has the best staff and well-staffed, people at every entry to assist in seating, ticketing went fast no issues once inside. I will give some tips. When going to park... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Ocala, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This place has the best staff and well-staffed, people at every entry to assist in seating, ticketing went fast no issues once inside. I will give some tips. When going to park there are two lots to the left while entering that are regular parking lots, one of the staff members stopped traffic so we could enter into the parking... More 

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Belleair Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Ruth Eckerd Hall is an excellent venue for concerts of all genres. There are no bad seats in the well run facility. Whatever show you choose to see, you can be sure that you will enjoy the event

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

There really is no bad seat in the house! Went recently to see Bill Burr perform and it was one of the best! Know though, there are no isles so if you sit in the middle you have to pass the entire row in order to leave to use the restroom, etc.

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Longwood
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We attended a John Mellencamp concert in March 2015 and the concert itself was pretty awesome , the hall was clean and seats pretty good , sight lines also quite good. Here is the problem ; alcohol sales were going on throughout the whole concert and everyone sitting around us ( not far from the stage) were getting hammered. In... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I love going to Ruth Eckerd Hall for concerts. I really enjoy how easy it is to maneuver around the Hall in terms of parking and getting to your seat. The Hall is perfect for getting a quality experience in terms of feeling connected to the musicians - the seat configuration really works. I must admit it might be nice... More 

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Battle Creek
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Great Show, Paul was great. good place to see him in, was sitting in the back of the auditorium but was able to hear fine. very helpful staff. plenty of parking, with valet if you wanted it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Went to see Elvis Costello. Parking was free and plenty of it, there were no problems in getting out too. The staff inside were very friendly and the seats that I had were comfortable with plenty of leg room. I am 6 foot by the way. Great acoustics too. Very enjoyable show too.

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Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

we attended a concert while in town for spring training and the hall is beautiful. Great location, wonderful acoustics and the entire staff was just wonderful. If you like live music then you must go.

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Pinellas Park, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We attend 8-10 performances a year everything from Broadway Shows to Headliner Music acts. As a side perk REH offers dinners for most shows at a small cost ($25) that is equal to any good restaurant. We have never been disappointed in the entertainment or the food.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We very much enjoyed a concert here celebrating the career of the Luciano Pavarotti. Excellent production with first rate European talent. The hall, the acoustics, the facilities, all were excellent. Unforgettable night.

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