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“Just unforgettable.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ruth Eckerd Hall

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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Lake Wales, Florida
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“Just unforgettable.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

The most acoustically designed concert hall I've been to. The beautiful architecture is wonderful! Just give it a chance.

Visited November 2012
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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“Always a great night out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Visit several times per year for various events. A very good value, good prices, very good acoustics, reasonable concessions prices, and now your wine or beverage cn accompany you to your seat.

Visited July 2013
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St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
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“Great Venue”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Location and parking are very convenient. Many performers really enjoy performing here due to the amazing acoustics which always make for enjoyable performances.

Visited October 2013
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Clearwater, Florida
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“Great to see any medium of shows”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

I have gone to see about 8 different acts at Ruth Eckerd Hall since December of 2012. I've seen Eddie Vedder, Mike Tyson, Kathy Griffin, Billy Idol, Collective Soul, Live, etc.. They all sounded great and there isn't a bad seat in the house. The staff is always friendly. The only issue I have is the one entrance/exit out of the venue, but that is minor compared to the excellent time there.

Visited September 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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“Great acoustics, nice intimate venue for a show”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

I have seen several shows at Ruth Eckerd, and it is a great place to see a show in an upscale theater without the "arena" experience. I've seen Heart, Dennis DeYoung, Alabama, and Ron White there, to name a few- all were fabulous, and the acoustic construction of the venue really enhances the experience. Highly recommended.

Visited July 2013
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