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“Some good shows”
Review of Ruth Eckerd Hall

Ruth Eckerd Hall
Ranked #14 of 87 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 November 4, 2012

They don't always have the most currently hot shows, but they do have some good ones. There are really no bad seats here. Only problem, and it is a big one, is that there is no center aisle. A vast expanse of seats covers the width of the entire theatre. If you are in the middle of the theatre, its a long haul if you have to go to the bathroom. If you are not in the middle, be prepared to get up for everyone who had to leave to go to the bathroom. I know people who won't go there just because they can't stand the seating.

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Not a bad seat in the house! Lots of great bands and a nice special night out. Took my parents to see Tony Bennett and it was a beautiful memory.

Thank Karen S
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Nice venue. There is always something going on. I've seen several good bands here and I'm always pleased with my seat, no matter where it has been

Thank Amanda P
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

I've attended many events over the years at Ruth Eckerd and just last month attended two more, including the Mythbuster's Behind the Myth Tour (which I really enjoyed!). The biggest problem with the main hall has been brought up in other reviews - the seats are very uncomfortable after 20 or 30 minutes. I also question the way they handed out seating - we were place at the furthest spot at the side of the state despite the fact I purchased my tickets early. At the day of the concert, we noticed the best location was virtually empty! So, we moved. I don't understand why they begin filling up with the worst seats and move toward the better seating. However, there really isn't any other place in Clearwater for events like these!

Thank The_fotobug
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Seats were uncomfortable and aisle access was limited so people had a hard time getting to their seats.

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