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“Alan Parsons + Orchestra at Ruth = outstanding”
Review of Ruth Eckerd Hall

Ruth Eckerd Hall
Ranked #15 of 93 things to do in Clearwater
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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 February 19, 2014

Great concert, superb light and sound systems at Ruth Eckerd. Pre-show buffet was just average for the money.

Thank Doug G
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

The parking is a bit of an adventure and the Blue badge spots soon fill up especially when all us Geriatrics turn up to see a star like Willie, but everyone got in and the concert was Ace. The sound acoustics are always top notch at this theatre and they really do get some of the biggest names.

Thank Wiseoldman
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

Our first time here, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We opted for the pre-show dinner buffet, as well. Food was abundant and delicious. Service was great. The theatre is very nice. Seats are very comfortable with lots of leg room. Strange (and inconvenient) that there is no center aisle. Lots of climbing over other patrons to get in and out. Seems like that would (or should) be a fire code issue, as well. Nevertheless, show was great, staff very friendly and helpful, sound top-notch! Thoroughly enjoyed our evening there.

Thank Donna W
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is the second time we have experienced Salute to Vienna at the hall. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the new year, beautiful music, dancing and singing, one feels at peace. Highly recommend this annual event, acoustics are amazing so all seats are good.

Thank JudyM39
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

A superior dinner and show as usual at the Theater... The "DAVE KOZ and FRIENDS"
Christmas Show was a inspirational trip of days past and thing's that are new...
Opting for the dinner and show ticket package was certainly the best way to go and they do have Valet parking for those who are vertically challenged... Following they're schedule we will return with friends in the near future as the accomodations and layout are very user friendly and staff very willing to please....... SEE YOU SOON .....

Thank afficianado1942
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