Hobby Center for Performing Arts

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Theater Tour: Houston/Hobby Center for Performing Arts
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Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts complex in Houston, Texas, US. Opened to the public in 2002, the theater is located downtown on the edge of the Houston Theater District. Hobby Center's Grand Lobby features 60-foot-high glass walls with views of Houston's skyscrapers, Tranquility Park, and Houston City Hall. The Hobby Center is named for former Texas lieutenant governor and Houston businessman, William P. Hobby, Jr.

Built by the general contractor Lyda Swinerton, it was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) and Morris Architects. RAMSA was inspired by legendary theatre designers Herts & Tallant, who practiced in Manhattan during the early 20th century. The major building materials are limestone, brick, painted steel columns, glazed curtain wall, and standing seam metal roof. Two spaces within the center were constructed specifically for theater and musical performances.

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Performance Facilities

Sarofim Hall, a 2,650-seat theater acoustically, was designed for touring Broadway productions like Hamilton and Waitress and is home to Theatre Under the Stars, a year-round, professional, non-profit musical theatre production company. A beautiful three-tier theater, this hall also includes the stunning Joe and Lee Jamail Celestial Dome Ceiling whose twinkling fiber-optic stars replicate the Texas night sky. Zilkha Hall, a jewel box 500-seat hall, showcases the ensembles of the Uniquely Houston program—the only performing arts series of its kind in the country. The series fosters artistic and administrative growth for smaller and mid-sized performing arts groups in the Houston metropolitan area.

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