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Ruth Eckerd Hall

1111 N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759-3299
+1 727-791-7400
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Little River Band

First time to this hall, went to the Little River Band concert, highly recommend this venue, about... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
rdivey1
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North Sydney, Canada
Parking nightmare

Went to see a play in the smaller venue, Murray Theater. There was a Paul Anka concert going on... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
SuzieF45
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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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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  • Average9%
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1111 N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759-3299
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Reviewed 2 days ago

First time to this hall, went to the Little River Band concert, highly recommend this venue, about 2000 seating, not a bad seat in the house, lots of concessions available, super clean facility and a great staff, very helpful,

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to see a play in the smaller venue, Murray Theater. There was a Paul Anka concert going on same night, start time 30 min. earlier than my event. Couldn't find a place to park so went to valet parking. Waited about 10 min in...More

Thank SuzieF45
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Blasted Friday was poorly organized and had no place for people to stand to see the stage. They wanted you to rent the chairs. Ruth Eckerd Hall security rent-a-cops abused their authority. Crowd was sparse and can't help but wonder if the obnoxious security had...More

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RuthEckerdHall, Guest Relations Manager at Ruth Eckerd Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your feedback as we are always looking to improve our services. We are proud to partner with the City of Clearwater to offer this series of free outdoor concerts. While it is true that there are challenges presenting national artists on a...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here recently to see Bill Engvall. It's just the right size to see shows like that. the facility was beautiful. It wasn't too bad to get in and out of. There was a bit of a wait in the parking lot while it cleared...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to see Bill Engvall last night. First time at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Had a great experience great seats, my wife has back issues and had no problem watching the show. Staff very helpful in locating seats

Thank john r
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not sure if the bad sound was the band’s sound people or the venue’s, but sitting midway Center (which should have been great seats for sound) were awful. It was too loud and a bit muffled. The pre-show dinner was terrible. We had done one...More

Thank LindaH343
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

They advertised a concert as having the Rock Symphony. It didn't. Very disappointed. Not sure if this is a problem normally or a one time mistake but be warned.

Thank imlarainebow
Reviewed 11 January 2018

Ruth Eckerd Hall has been voted one of the top venues in the world and rightfully so. The facilities are top notch and the variety of entertainment they bring in awesome. We've enjoyed many shows here over the years and will continue to go back....More

Thank JeffandPriscilla
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

Wow. We saw a wonderful Christmas show at this venue. The seats were excellent and you couldn’t beat the price. The show was over 3 hours long and was outstanding. There was no charge for parking and it was overall a great night. Only complaint...More

Thank 10140A3
Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Visited last evening for the Pops holiday concert. Acoustics wonderful and design is similar to the purple cow, Van Wezel, in Sarasota. Ample restrooms and seating is comfortable with cup holders attached to back of seat in front of you for convenience. Decent concessions although...More

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nicole j
24 December 2017|
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Response from Jeff T | Reviewed this property |
Back seats are just fine, I wouldn't pay double to move closer.
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Kenneth T
22 August 2017|
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Response from C H | Reviewed this property |
terrible. not worth the money.
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ahappymom1965
15 August 2017|
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Response from Jim W | Reviewed this property |
I think business casual is always nice for a public show. but for Elvis, you should rent an Elvis costume, for sure.
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