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Ruth Eckerd Hall

1111 N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759-3299
+1 727-791-7400
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Happy Together Tour 2018

We have gone to Ruth Eckerd many times and even saw the Happy Together Tour in 2017. This time the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
tgg8
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Key Largo, Florida
Great venue for a concert!

Saw Brit Floyd this weekend and the concert was fantastic. This is an intimate concert hall, every... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
madtravlers
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Inverness, 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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“great acoustics” (15 reviews)
“valet parking” (16 reviews)
“nice venue” (18 reviews)
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1111 N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759-3299
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We have gone to Ruth Eckerd many times and even saw the Happy Together Tour in 2017. This time the sound was AWFUL. Way too loud, the bass and reverb made it so we could not understand the vocals even when they were only talking....More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Saw Brit Floyd this weekend and the concert was fantastic. This is an intimate concert hall, every seat appeared to be great. Ushers very healpfull, food and drinks reasonable as concert standards go. Pre concert live music and food outsied of venue. And getting out...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Went there June 14th to see the Brit Floyd Pink Floyd Show. The sound quality and lighting as well as the temperature of the theater was right on. As many people have noted, there is no bad seat to see the stage in this venue....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful venue, very cordial and friendly staff, assisting with anything and everything. Great acoustics for the sound...would love to return :)

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

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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RuthEckerdHall, Manager at Ruth Eckerd Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We apologize that the volume disturbed your enjoyment of the concert. Many of artists including Joe Bonamassa travel with their own sound engineer and equipment. We always try to make recommendations that take into account the near perfect acoustics of our chamber but they do...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

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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RuthEckerdHall, Manager at Ruth Eckerd Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your concerns due to the sound at Joe Bonamassa. We do apologize that the volume disturbed your enjoyment of the concert. Many of artists including Joe Bonamassa travel with their own sound engineer and equipment. We always try to make recommendations...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

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

1  Thank Dru L
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RuthEckerdHall, Manager at Ruth Eckerd Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We apologize that the volume disturbed your enjoyment of the concert. Many of artists including Joe Bonamassa travel with their own sound engineer and equipment. We always try to make recommendations that take into account the near perfect acoustics of our chamber but they do...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

Thank Theresa W
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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

Thank Jon M
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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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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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Response from Jeff T | Reviewed this property |
Back seats are just fine, I wouldn't pay double to move closer.
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