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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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Terrific Venue

Excellent facility, wonderful staff to provide seating and food, and most of all terrific talent being offered on a regular basis. Only complaint would be the parking and traffic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Excellent facility, wonderful staff to provide seating and food, and most of all terrific talent being offered on a regular basis. Only complaint would be the parking and traffic jam trying to exit the lot after the show.

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Dunedin, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We saw Bill Burr here and had an amazing time. We did the VIP dinner spiel beforehand, which was an decent buffet and then had great seats in the 5th row of the auditorium. The staff is always very nice and accommodating. I know that there is more than one drink cart, but I feel that they could benefit from... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Good Hall for shows and concerts. Not a bad seat in the house ,but all the rows are long and you have to stand up for people that are go past you.

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Pinellas Park, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Without a doubt not a bad seat in the house. Have attended many shows and concerts and have never been disappointed.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We enjoy concerts here. Acoustics are good. The hardest part is have a FULL row of folks walk past you to their seats. That's probably 60-70 people. Not sure the ushers really direct traffic and everybody comes in the door closet to stage right side of seats - then walks across. Drinks before are expensive and food before is minimal... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Love REH for its acoustic's, HATE that they cut concerts so short! Don't know if that's the status-quo for concert halls in the area but it's a poor value for the high ticket and concession prices. If its a city ordinance issue then they should have earlier start times than the usual 8pm window! :s REH has the hall empty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I'm impressed I dint expect such nice stage from the look of au side and wart was nice befor the concert you can grab your drink and gou on the roof top ,the concert was great not my kind of music but my honey enjoid i will go ther for another concert very clean place loved .

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Safety Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

There is no better arena musically in the area with the sound quality of ruth eckerd! You also usually get to do a meet and greet. Just a very intimate and personable experience you will never forget!

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Ocala, Florida
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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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Address: 1111 North McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759
Phone Number: (727) 791-7400
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Clearwater

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