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Ruth Eckerd Hall

1111 N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759-3299
+1 727-791-7400
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Awful Concert Sound Quality at Ruth Eckerd Hall

Saw the Joe Bonamassa concert on May 11, 2018 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL. It was so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kiskatom11
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St. Pete Beach, Florida
Fire the Sound Guy, STAT - he is literally damaging patrons' ears

Joe Bonamassa 5/12/2018 - first time at this venue. Fellow in next seat, a regular, warned me it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
eventDJ
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Central Florida, 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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“valet parking” (16 reviews)
“nice venue” (18 reviews)
“great acoustics” (14 reviews)
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1111 N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759-3299
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw the Joe Bonamassa concert on May 11, 2018 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL. It was so loud you could not hear the words from any of the songs from Joe or the backup singers. The bass was also so loud I could...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Joe Bonamassa 5/12/2018 - first time at this venue. Fellow in next seat, a regular, warned me it was going to be loud so I fished out my earplugs before the show. A recorded tune was played just before band started - deafening - so...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm a big Joe Bonamassa fan. They are some of the best Artist in the industry. I put him up there with Clapton. The sound was turned up so loud that the band or anyone singing, could not be heard. One of the great things...More

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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

We went and saw Cinderella last night and we were in row T, seat 57 and 58 and we had a wonderful view, next time I will try a bit more for the center but was very happy with the view. The Sound, Costumes and...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

We attended a live taping of the popular podcast Pod Save America at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Bought the tickets online, had them mailed to us. Parking is ample but it will take a while to get through traffic after a show. Security lines were short,...More

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Reviewed 26 March 2018

Love Ruth Eckerd Hall. Over the years I have seen many different acts there usually with my wife. She's gone to some with other friends as have I. (Our musical tastes aren't similar). We've seen Peter Noone and Engelbert Humperdink. She has also seen Bobby...More

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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

Went to see the DooWop. Show last weekend and the seating and sound system was fantastic. Place was packed but still had space and enjoyed the concert. Refreshments were okay, they do have dining before show will try next visit. Great security and organization by...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed the Doo-wop concert on St Paddy's Day March 17th... my wife's birthday. However, having paid an additional $25 a head to take advantage of their St Paddy's Day buffet... I could not believe that they ran out of corned beef cabbage! Our...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

I have seen this bad on 5 different occasions. Both with their new lead singer (Kelly) and the former lead (Lou Graham). WOW!!! From Kemper arena in KC, Mo. to REH... Kelly was spot on perfect with his vocals....Mick was oh so awesome on the...More

1  Thank Doug H
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

We drove 74 one way miles to attend the Doo Wop show. During the show, many (at least 40 to fifty by our count) guests were either taking pictures or shooting videos. For some reason one of the ushers singled out my wife and approached...More

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RuthEckerdHall, General Manager at Ruth Eckerd Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2018

We apologize for your experience. Thank you for also directly emailing us and we understand our security manager is following up with you.

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Cindy H
5 April 2018|
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Response from rdivey1 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, sorry for the delay, when we were there in Feb, it was a mixed dress code, definitely not formal, hope this helps. Enjoy!!
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Greg L
22 March 2018|
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Response from barney k | Reviewed this property |
Many security and traffic personnel all over the place. They can answer your questions correctly and direct you to best drop-off and parking for you. Not to worry... DJ
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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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