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“One Of The Best Venues Ever”
Review of Ruth Eckerd Hall

Ruth Eckerd Hall
Ranked #14 of 80 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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Hoschton, Georgia
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140 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“One Of The Best Venues Ever”
Reviewed March 12, 2012

It's been said many times, but it bears repeating. There's really not a bad seat in this place and if you are willing to bring in some small binoculars you can get a great view at a consistently more affordable price. I prefer the front half of the venue for solo and group music acts, and in the mid to back half for the larger productions so I can see the entire stage easily. I never turn down an evening at REH. I've been there several times and will go back as often as I can! It's just a great set up all the way around.

Visited February 2012
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Clearwater FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“No bad seats”
Reviewed March 9, 2012

This is my favorite music venue. It is an "in-between" venue in size. The acoustics are great and there is not a bad seat in the house.

Visited November 2011
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Bangkok, Thailand
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205 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Great Acts and Excellent Acoustics”
Reviewed March 7, 2012

A medium size venue (I don't care for the 20,000 person stadium performances) with excellent acoustics. The acts runt he gamut from plays to some of the biggest names in music. Ruth Eckerd Hall makes for one of the best night's out in the Tampa Bay area.

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Citra, Florida
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“Chriss Botti Concert”
Reviewed March 3, 2012

Older venue, but acoustics were great. not a bad seat in the house. Just fyi, you CAN carry your beverage of choice into the auditorium with you, so no need to chug it down in a hurry

Visited March 2012
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“Chris Botti”
Reviewed March 3, 2012

An older venue, but the acoustics were excellent. Would go again. (You can actually bring your beverage into the auditorium, so no need to gulp it down at the last minute.

Visited March 2012
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