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Val Air Ballroom

301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, IA
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Type: Historic Sites
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- Aug 10, 2013
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Chicago, IL
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

I did not like that it was a huge ballroom. It felt very much like a scene from a high school dance in an eighty's movie. The sound was a little goofy and the place looked empty in spite of probably 500 attendees.

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Algona, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Good venue for concert. Beverages were expensive! Parking seemed limited, but more parking across the street.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

The Val Air Ballroom has been around for years and years. An old structure thats withheld the hands of time still holds concerts and various musicians have entertained within these walls. Not a huge hall and the ventilation system needs to be revamped for large crowds. A fun atmosphere and the locals who organize the shows do a really good... More

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Mason City, Iowa, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I don't get why people have put 5 stars.....have they actually been to this place? This place is absolutely disgusting. The place was really outdated I have never been to a place in such disrepair. The bathrooms were the worst part....they were absolutely disgusting. I think out of four sinks only one was working properly and all of the hand... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012 via mobile

Once again great show. I love taking my kids to shows here. We will ne back for the lamb of god show. I enjoy the shows it would be great if half way thru the show you turn the air on. It does it awful hot in the crowd. Also wish you would let us keep the lids for our... More

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Perry, Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

My job hosted an employee holiday party there a couple of years ago. The place is small and a little outdated.

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Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

I have gone to the Val Air Ballroom for many years. There is always space on the huge dance floor to dance expressively. There are plenty of tables to sit at if you come a little early. Call ahead to see what their schedule is. Tickets for a concert or special event can be expensive, but if you inquire ahead... More

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Centerville, Iowa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

I have been to several concerts at the Val Air Ballroom and it's a great place! The sound is always great, the drinks are always cold, and the crowd is always fun!!

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

They always have interesting bands for many different taste

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

This place is long and narrow, but for the concert I saw, it was relatively uncrowded. I saw Staind, Halestorm, and Cavo perform there, and I was able to get so close that I could've gave Aaron Lewis a high-five. Val Air might need a decent renovation on the inside, though. Also, bring cash because the bar doesnt take CCs.

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