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Ruth Eckerd Hall

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Address: 1111 N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759-3299
Phone Number: (727) 791-7400
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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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Decent but not well designed

Parking is terrible trying to get out after a show. Flow of crowd through the space is bad. Tight and restrooms are in bad places. Upper level seats: all good, but no aisles... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Parking is terrible trying to get out after a show. Flow of crowd through the space is bad. Tight and restrooms are in bad places. Upper level seats: all good, but no aisles! Makes for long rows of seats that are not easy to get in and out of. Also makes for lots of people moving in front of you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

REH is a theater style music venue. It features a lot of national and regional top acts with very high production values. It is NOT a club or bar. You'll need tickets to get in. Seating is comfortable and the staff are very professional. It's a great place to see a concert. Check out the website for the events calendar.

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Clearwater
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

perfect venue not a bad seat in the house-I have sat in the very back row and enjoyed the event as if I was in the front row-I like that it's a smaller more personal setting. Amazing acoustics been there many many times

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

There is not a bad seat in this beautiful venue. Seating capacity of 12,000; now that is what I call intimate .... You can become lsoua member at many different (price) levels and purchase tickets before the tickets become available to the general public. If you become a member, you are able to enjoy the lounge area which offers complimentary... More 

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Thank sandy a
Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

I've seen numerous concerts here, most recently the dancers Maks & Val from Dancing with the Stars. It's a smaller venue and almost every seat is good. The acoustics are great as well. They usually serve drinks and some food before the show and during intermission. It's a wonderful place to see a show.

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St. Pete Beach, Fl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

REH has a continuous list of interesting, exciting shows, plays and performances to choose from. The theater is large with comfortable seating and views of the stage are good from all sections. Just saw Maks and Val on tour. Excellent!! We went to the buffet dinner before the show and were very disappointed. There were only two meats (tough beef... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Wonderful venue to watch a live performance. The staff and/or volunteers provided assistance to your seat location and the best way to arrive at your seat. The lines outside were long but sue to security measures, no one complained or was upset as they did everything in their power to protect us. The Valet parking was extremely backed up but... More 

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Dunedin, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

My wife and I went here for a concert recently and bought the VIP package so our seats were close to the stage. The package also included valet parking and a dinner before the show. Access to/from the theater was very easy. There appears to be plenty of free parking in addition to the valet parking. The valet parking was... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Great venue, easy to find, there is a good amount of self parking. They have lots of bars set up inside for the convenience of guests. Clean bathrooms. Okay seating, all venues seem to have really tight seating arrangements with skinny aisles. Overall, this is a nice place to see concerts or events. My only complaint is that it can... More 

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Dunedin
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

We were allowed in early to hear the band and then told to move away from the table we were using because they needed it for a silent auction...too bad my husband is disabled and cannot stand for prolonged periods...very unfriendly place..

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