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“Worse traffic jams for any venue in Tampa Bay”
Review of Ruth Eckerd Hall

Ruth Eckerd Hall
Ranked #15 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 May 13, 2012

REH gets good performers and shows, and the seating is OK - a middle aisle would make it a lot better! BUT .... getting in and out by car (and there is NO public transportation available) is a real hassle. Even exiting the theater after a show is ridculus because almost everyone goes out the same set of doors. If it's raining (this IS Florida) you are guaranteed to get wet making your way to your car in a remote lot or field.

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Reviewed May 12, 2012

Agree that acoustics are fab. and there is no bad seat. The aisle deal is not an easy fix but minor in the grand scheme of things. I am surprised that fire marshall group does not require better / quicker egress; i.e. more aisles. I will say that the rows are nice and wide so you can walk through with people sitting down and not walking all over them. YANNI concert was FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!

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Reviewed May 7, 2012

This location is an incredible place to see a concert. It holds around 2,000 people and the sound is just incredible. I went to the Creed Concert on Saturday and it was absolutely incredible. What a great time. Creed Rocked as well by the way. Great venue that I will be going to again.

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Reviewed May 1, 2012

This was our first time at Ruth Eckerd Hall and won't be our last. It is a great venue and not a bad seat in the place, although we were almost center about 11 rows from the stage. They offer a wide variety of acts of Broadway musicals, Singing acts, etc.

Thank Gary D
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

Don't get me wrong. Ruth Eckerd Hall is clean and well maintained. There seems to be ample parking, and there is really not a bad seat in the place, well that is if you don't mind tiny seats.

However, on my first visit to the venue, the thing I was struck by is the fact that there is no center aisle. A builder would never get away with that today. The fire marshal would have a fit. Some of the rows in the theater contain over 60 seats. If you are in the middle, you have to climb over 30 or so folks to get out. Better use the bathroom before the show. The size of the seats is an issue also. Maybe I'm just getting old, but man it was cramped. Honestly, it was uncomfortable by the end of the show.

Would I go back? Yes, for the right show. But, I would get seats very close to the aisles.

Thank ParrishGuy
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