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Ruth Eckerd Hall

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Address: 1111 North McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759
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+1 727-791-7400

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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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Easy in and out

We saw Tapestry here. I was impressed by how easy it was to walk and to enter. It is a very nice facility.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Linda S
Harrison Township, Michigan
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Clearwater, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Paid $300 each for Van Morrison concert (package included 2 concert tickets, valet parking and a pre-show buffet dinner). Seriously, was SOOO disappointed in the food provided: salad consisted of leafy greens only, chicken was so dry it was like cutting through tasteless cardboard, beef was over-cooked and dry and my carrot cake dessert had a hair in it.....WORST EVER.... More 

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Harrison Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We saw Tapestry here. I was impressed by how easy it was to walk and to enter. It is a very nice facility.

Thank Linda S
Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

went to see carol king's tapestry tribute show that was really good. first few moments of the first song were a bit sketchy but got straightened out quickly and the rest of the show was wonderful. the hall has excellent acoustics once set up properly. getting there is easy enough and ample parking available. there is security checking now, following... More 

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Somerset, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We saw a John Denver tribute concert and the Bronx wanderers. Bot were excellent. Ampe on site free parking makes it very convenient

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were heading to a concert and we were not sure how to get there so we called ,and the man that answered Was polite and helped us get there. The venue is clean, nice and have very friendly staff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to several performances here. The facility is well maintained and there isn't a bad seat in the house. The incline of the seating gives everyone a great view. Three are no columns or chandeliers to obstruct the view. The seats are comfortable, each with a cup holder. Alcohol, soft drinks and snacks are available for purchase and... More 

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Odessa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is an impressive list of entertainers coming to this venue at reasonable prices. Free parking hint: for a quick get-away park in the lot on the theater side of the street near the back and back into your spot. Drinks and snacks in the lobby are reasonably priced but cheap wine is served. Aisles are only on the sides... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Horrible. Just horrible. If Ruth Eckerd had any class, they would refund 50% of the ticket price to those who know better and complained. The dancers were out of sync on almost every dance, the poor "prince" looked like he never took a ballet class in his life...sweet looking kid, just not fit for the part. Costumes were ragged, lack... More 

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Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently attended a concert there. Lots of free parking and close to the building as well. The upper rows are at least 100 seats long. If you have a ticket for the middle you must bother 50 patrons every time you go in or out. Hope they never have a fire during a show.

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The Villages, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to a show at the Murray Theater (Ruth Eckerd Hall). The show was great, the theater not so much. The first 2 rows are folded plastic chairs that they arrange for the show. Before you can enter the theater the have "security" check you. This is a real joke of a checking. After getting in you have to stand... More 

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