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Review of Ruth Eckerd Hall

Ruth Eckerd Hall
Ranked #14 of 86 things to do in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence
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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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Reviewed January 11, 2012

Liked the smaller venue and easy in and out. Have some great shows

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Reviewed January 4, 2012

This cosy, accoustically brilliant hall hosts the top performers that come to town. Locals regard this venue as one of the best tampa bay has to offer!

Thank Dale D
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Reviewed December 31, 2011

The best place to see a show. There are no bad seats, no matter where you are. Awesome acoustics. Highly recommend.

Thank Ottomariisabella
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

Good shows and the theater is not too big. They bring major acts in and you get to be up-close and personal

Thank Dutch D
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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!

Thank Mustangmary
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