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Ruth Eckerd Hall

Address: 1111 North McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759
Phone Number: (727) 791-7400
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Ranked #19 of 104 Activities in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts
Owner description: Ruth Eckerd Hall's near perfect acoustics have received rave reviews from artists, technicians and...
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Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts
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.
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW 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 NEW

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 via mobile

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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Tampa, Florida
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37 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
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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Anna Maria Island, Florida
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34 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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USA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
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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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We went to see Dancing with the Stars. We were in row u and could see perfectly! The seats are fabulous big thick cushions and LEGROOM!! Only problem is parking, we were trying to leave at the same time the next show was arriving! Crazy! Allow plenty of parking time for the second show!

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Keewatin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Nice theatre, not too big, not too small. Had great seats for A Christmas Carole and looks like almost all seats have a nice view. Only issue was the Air conditioning was going full force which made it pretty cool in the theatre.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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9 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We went to see Lisa Lampanelli at this great venue. Seats are comfortable. Every seat is a great seat. Sound was fantastic. Lisa was amazing. We will go back to this venue again!

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Pinellas Park, Florida
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

There are NO BAD SEATS in this theatre. The acoustics are amazing and the shows that they book are only the BEST

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