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Ruth Eckerd Hall

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Address: 1111 N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759-3299
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Ruth Eckerd Hall's near perfect acoustics have received rave reviews from...

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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Good service for disabled

The handicap parking spots are first come, and I was shut out when a guard pointed me to another very close spot. Inside the theater there were wheelchairs available to use... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

The handicap parking spots are first come, and I was shut out when a guard pointed me to another very close spot. Inside the theater there were wheelchairs available to use, which was handy if your parking space was far from your seat.

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 316 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2014

I can't rave enough about our experiences at Ruth Eckerd Hall. We have great seats and the variety of performers are super. Saw and enjoyed The Alan Parsons Project, Yes, ELO just to name a few. So exciting to listen to the talented Florida Orchestra. Parking is easy and well organized. It's so easy to find no problems even for... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Ruth Eckerd Hall is a great venue for concerts and shows. I've sat in just about every section over the years and have never had a "bad" seat. I am always impressed by the quality and variety of the entertainment. I so appreciate general parking remains complimentary!!!

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Rockford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Very intimate theater, we ere up close and personal with he band. The rumba party was great. the acoustics fantastic. Had fun

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Weeki Wachee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Ruth Eckerd Hall has to one of the best places in Florida to see a show. The venue is very easy to get to and parking has never been a problem. Very clean and friendly atmosphere. There isn't a bad seat in the place and the acoustics are tremendous. So many great performers have played here with many more to... More 

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new egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2014

We loved this place. Sound is awesome, easy access, free parking, friendly staff, and so very pretty! If you get a chance to see a show here, take advantage of the opportunity.

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Great Falls, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2014

Ruth Eckerd Hall has a verity of well known personal giving concerts. My wife and daughter went to a concert by Trish Yearwood.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

A relatively small arena, with small but comfortable seating. You can drink beverages at your seat. Not all that good for concerts, as there is no floor for standing/demonstrating. Plenty of parking.

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Epsom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2014

First winter in Florida just love that place . The seats are comfy and have leg room for us tall people. The shows were awesome . We will be back next winter and we will be going to more shows

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Philadelphia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2014

Fantastic concert and setting. Great crowd. Wish it was closer to Naples, biut the crowd would not be the same. Will be back soon

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