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Ruth Eckerd Hall
1111 North McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759
(727) 791-7400
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Clearwater
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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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Cape Coral, FL
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“Weird Al "ALPOCALYPSE TOUR"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011

Ruth Eckerd Hall is a beautifully designed venue. The European style seating makes every seat in the house, perfect! Sound system is awesome! First time at Ruth Eckerd Hall & definitely would return!

Visited October 2011
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Plantation, Florida
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“Best Acoustics !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011

I remember donating to the original fund raising to build the facility! It is the best venue for high definition of sound from any seat in the house! Worth any concert fee !

Visited May 2011
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“Very nice concert/stage show venue”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

This is a large, well maintained venue in Clearwater. They bring in stage shows, bands, a large variety of things - a bigger variety than most places like this. Many of the shows do not appeal to me, but the variety is huge, and so some do. I have been there a few times, and always enjoyed the visit. You can buy wine and snacks and actually bring them in to your seat in the theater.

The place is not huge, so no matter where you sit, chances are you have a pretty good view. Seats are comfortable and reasonably sized but not huge. Place is just very nice overall - not perfect, but very nice.

Visited November 2011
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“Great concert terrible audience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

We went to a great concert at Ruth Eckerd Halls Excellent veiwing from most of theatre. It was the fact that drinking was allowed in auditorium and a lot of my row in particlar got quite drunk and were constantly up and down fetching drinks and going to the toilet, disrupting people enjoyment In fact they became unruly. I`m all for having a good time but think it a good idea if management maybe dissaloud drinks in auditorium like many UK venues. It was a pity as the Ruth Eckerd Halls are a great place

Visited November 2011
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“Great venue to see a show”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2011

Since moving to Tampa Bay, we've seen 3 artists perform there. My husband is thrilled with the seating and acoustics although to me some bands are very loud for the approx. 2,200 seats. Parking is easy for an in and out. Great hidden away gem in the area.

Visited October 2011
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