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Ruth Eckerd Hall
1111 McMullen Booth Road
Clearwater, Florida 33759
Ruth Eckerd Tickets and Seating
The Capitol Theatre
405 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755
Capitol Theatre Tickets and Seating
About Ruth Eckerd Hall
Ruth Eckerd Hall is one of several venues that come under the umbrella of the Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts. In 1977, original funding to create the center came as a donation from the Kapok Tree Corporation in the form of 38 acres of land in Clearwater, FL. Mr. Baumgardner was the founder of the Kapok Tree Corporation. The donation was with a stipulation that the project had to begin within two years of the donation, so construction began in 1979.
Beyond the seed donation, resources for the center’s completion still needed to be acquired. This was accomplished through the efforts of community leaders who organized a group of volunteers. Among these volunteers, Jack and Ruth Eckerd stepped forward and became the group’s most prominent benefactors. Today, the main auditorium bears Mrs. Eckerd’s name.
The non-profit organization born from this venture and whose function is to maintain the land and facility is Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc. Another organization, Ruth Eckerd Hall Foundation, Inc., has been charged with obtaining funding to service the mortgage debt and the operation of the center.
The main auditorium is 73,000-square-feet and seats 2,180. Continental style seating provides no center aisle, or aisle crossovers. Rows are accessed from specific row or auditorium entrances along the side walls. Seating was updated in 2003 to accommodate more visitors with disabilities.
As is the case with any auditorium, acoustics play an enormous part in a venue’s functionality and attractiveness. From a technical standpoint, to the opinions of performing artists, to reviews from the audience themselves, the sound at his venue is close to flawless.
About Capitol Theatre
Previously known as The Royalty Theatre, The Capitol Theatre is located in downtown Clearwater and has seating for 750. It opened its doors to the public in 1921 as the premier venue in the area for vaudeville and movies. Also under the umbrella of Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts; this theatre is managed by Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc., but has been owned by the City of Clearwater since 2008. The city has since revitalized the property with an $11 million restoration project and reopened to the public in 2014.
Bill Engvall – This acclaimed comedian and GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist is coming back to grace the stage in the main auditorium. His first performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall was in 2007. Ticket prices range from $49.75 – $125.
Crosby Stills & Nash – David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash came together as a trio at the legendary rock festival at Woodstock, NY in 1969. Their harmonic sound is unmistakable and frequently associated with rock and folk rock genres. Each individual member has his own legacy prior to the formation CSN. They all have been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame as the trio, CSN, and as individual artists. Ticket prices range from $63.75 – $215.
Jay Leno & B.B. King – Two of the many well-known performers who have appeared at The Capitol Theatre before its restoration.