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Review of Ruth Eckerd Hall

Ruth Eckerd Hall
Ranked #14 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 August 17, 2014

great concert. with nice seats and good acoustics. Nice place to have a little concert reminds me of some great little theaters

Thank Jim S
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Reviewed August 13, 2014

Friendly staff, affordable prices, clean facility. Will go there again. The productions were very good.

Thank 377SharonB
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Reviewed July 23, 2014

This music venue has a wonderful sound system and free parking, but I did not like the seating. Rows of seating.....with only side aisles mean that if someone in sitting in a prime center seat, if they need to get up for any reason, MANY people need to stand up to let the person out, and that in turn blocks the view for others behind too. This goes on, and on, and on. I go to concerts to hear the music, not to constantly go buy drinks and food and t-shirts, etc, during the show, so I find the seating to be annoying. Buying seats near the aisles cuts down on the hassle a bit, but then you're watching the show from the far sides. Sorry, but if this was redesigned in the last few years, the approval was made just to jam in more seats.

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Reviewed July 22, 2014

Had the pleasure of seeing The Fray at this venue.
A very intimate and comfortable experience. FREE parking!?!
We were in row K, perfect distance - not too close, not too far. I am now on their email list,
I will go here at any available opportunity!

Thank Creekcrazy
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

We have now been to Ruth Eckerd Hall for several events. The facility is great and offers great acoustics and great viewing from all seats. The only unhappy note is that when they advertise events they do not make it totally clear where the event is being held. It takes real looking to find out if you will be at Ruth Eckerd or the Capital Theater. Otherwise they shows and venue are great. A big plus is the parking which is close and free.

Thank Fwdmotion131
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