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Val Air Ballroom

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301 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265-3785
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This is a historic concert/dancing venue with a long tradition of great events.

I have been to the Val Air Ballroom for many concerts and dances and meetings. It is just North of... read more

Reviewed February 26, 2017
david_hance_iowa
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Ankeny, Iowa
Bad acustics

I went there for a concert. But I would not go there again. The acoustics were terrible. Missing... read more

Reviewed August 25, 2016
Sophie452
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Ostrava, Czech Republic
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  • Excellent36%
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  • Terrible17%
Feb 26, 2017
“This is a historic concert/dancing venue with a long tradition of great events.”
Aug 25, 2016
“Bad acustics”
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301 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265-3785
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Reviewed February 26, 2017

I have been to the Val Air Ballroom for many concerts and dances and meetings. It is just North of the old Valley Junction Shopping District on 5th Street in West Des Moines. I have worked with other volunteers to put sand bags along the...More

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Reviewed August 25, 2016

I went there for a concert. But I would not go there again. The acoustics were terrible. Missing the concert would have been a better use of my time and money.

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Reviewed July 11, 2016

I'm seen some really good bands here and prices are fairly reasonable. Place isn't the best looking inside and the acoustics are bad, but Val Air breaks in entertainment that probably wouldn't show up in the area otherwise (before 7 Flags and Woolys anyway) I...More

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Reviewed June 9, 2016

The wedding reception was beautiful. Lots of family and friends! Very big place for a small reception. Food was good, it should be it was made by my sister! The atmosphere was very nostalgic but there were a ton of STAIRS everywhere!!!! Not good for...More

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Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

Smells of damp carpet, spilled beer and the smell of tobacco ground into the very soul of the place. Reminds me of a 1950s rock and roll music hall...wow !

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Reviewed September 1, 2015

I've been to a few music venues, if popular it's packed, but a great place for bands. Always fun, drinks food. Wedding receptions a great place to hold a party. Don't drink and drive though, west Des Moines police are watchful as they should be.

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Reviewed June 2, 2015

This classic 50's ballroom is a great venue for musicians we have seen such as Lindsay Buckingham, Little River Band, Tower of Power, Lucinda Williams. A Des Moines tradition.

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Reviewed July 15, 2014

Val Air Ballroom dates back to 1939. It has (thankfully) been updated multiple times over the years. Electrical and plumbing all work. Seating and visibility for the shows is appropriate. Staff know their jobs, but nothing stellar in their performance. The entertainment that has been...More

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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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Reviewed July 29, 2013

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

Thank Tamela J
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Yes, available for private parties. Must call it for pricing.
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