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“Great Show - Once Upon A Dream”
Review of Ruth Eckerd Hall

Ruth Eckerd Hall
Ranked #15 of 84 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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Venice, Florida
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127 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Great Show - Once Upon A Dream”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

A great show at a very nice venue. Only about 2000 seats & none of them bad. Prior to the theater opening food & drinks were available outside while being entertained by a singer. The show itself, "Once Upon A Dream", about the "Young" Rascals brought back many fond memories of the mid to late 60's. The show was like Rock N' Roll meets Broadway with fantastic special effects. It was so cool to see the Rascals reunited again & touring the country. The show has one up on Jersey Boys in that the Rascals were the "real" thing. Lastly, the parking was free & there was no problem finding a space. This is a venue I will return to & a show that I would love to see again.

Visited May 2013
Thank Marty B
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The best entertainment venue in Pinellas County”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Not too big - a little over 2,000 seats. The best acoustics. No seat is a bad seat unless you like to be up close and personal.. like I do! They bring in the best entertainers, contemporary and classics! The facility is well managed and had a recent remodel and expansion. Easy to get around, clean restrooms and handicap accessible. Oh and parking is free! I absolutely love the Ruth Eckerd Hall. Can't wait for the next show.

Visited December 2012
Thank caladesigirl
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Parrish, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Shows to see”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

They have a large selection of shows and events to see. It is very easy to get there. The parking was easy. The seats we had were great.

Visited February 2013
Thank Edc S
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Tampa, Florida
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36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great place for a show!”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

East to get to and park. Immaculate, well run place with very friendly and helpful staff. Not too large, so every seat is good and acoustics are good too.

Visited March 2013
Thank 841ann
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Santa Maria de Dota, Costa Rica
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45 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great Sound”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Ruth Eckerd isn't as nice as Mahaffey, but it is quite a step up from the other venues in the area. Great place to see a show.

Visited June 2012
Thank kipnoodle
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