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Ruth Eckerd Hall Grand Re-Opening

  • Date: 11/01/2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  


Ruth Eckerd Hall Announces

Grand Reopening Premiere

On Friday November 1 At 6 PM


Proceeds To Benefit

The Marcia P. Hoffman School Of The Arts

At Ruth Eckerd Hall


Tickets And Sponsorships Are On Sale Now


(CLEARWATER) Susan Crockett, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc., President & CEO and the Ruth Eckerd Hall Board of Directors announced today that Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Grand Reopening Premiere will be held on Friday, November 1 at 6 pm. This exclusive event will be the first unveiling of the completed renovations that began in 2018, which include the new 6,000 square foot Grand Lobby with stunning floor to ceiling windows and is the home of the new Kate Tiedemann and Ellen Cotton Cabaret Theatre featuring the Holt Family Stage and other experience enhancing features.  Proceeds from the evening will benefit the education programs at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall.  Tickets and sponsorships are on sale now. 


The theme of the event is The Great Gatsby.  Guests will enjoy cocktails in the Grand Lobby followed by a seated dinner and dancing on the Ruth Eckerd Hall stage.  Entertainment will include the Jazz Phools and the jazz students of the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall.   There will also be a Charleston dance lesson and more.  The evening will conclude with a surprise grand finale.     

“Ruth Eckerd Hall’s mission has always been centered on providing arts to the community, this breathtaking new space will enhance those experiences for many years to come,” commented Crockett. “On behalf of the Board of Directors and the staff, we are thankful for the tremendous support during the renovation from the City of Clearwater, Pinellas County and the entire Tampa Bay community.”

Major sponsors for the event include Creative Contractors, the City of Clearwater, Clearwater Gas and John & Beth England.  Sponsorship opportunities range from $1,000 to $50,000 and includes tables for up to 20 guests.  Individual tickets are available at $450 each. 

For more information including sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets, patrons are encouraged to contact Catherine Hagner, Special Events Manager, at Ruth Eckerd Hall at 727.712.2752 or

Media Contact:
Katie Pedretty, Director of Public Relations - p 727.712.2774 -

Rob Sorak, Public Relations Assistant - p 727.724.5383 -

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, that manages and operates the City of Clearwater-owned 2,200-seat Ruth Eckerd Hall, the 200-seat Murray Theatre, the 250-capacity ballroom, the Margarete Heye Great Room, the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts, the 750-seat Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre and Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road.   Our mission is: Changing lives through performing arts.

Ruth Eckerd Hall was named the #5 theater venue in the world and within that same ranking #4 in the United States, #2 in Florida and #1 in Tampa by industry trade publication Pollstar in 2018.  Designed by the prestigious Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Ruth Eckerd Hall is known for its fantastic sightlines and near-perfect acoustics.

The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts is one of the largest providers of arts education and outreach in the nation.  Reaching more than 41,000 students annually and providing over 81,000 hours of high-caliber arts experiences with programs encompassing three distinct arts education divisions:  presenting, community engagement and outreach and instruction in jazz, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theater, voice and technical theater. Each division reaches students of all ages and abilities on the Ruth Eckerd Hall campus and off-site in local schools, hospitals, community centers, specialty residences and other arts centers throughout the Tampa Bay area and the State of Florida.


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