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Profile of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston

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Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Hobby Center
The Hobby Center Houston, officially known as the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, is one of the theaters in Houston that helps comprise the Houston Theater District. It features two distinct halls -the Sarofim Hall, a tri-level space which holds 2,650 seats and features a fiber optic version of the Texas night sky; and the Zilkha Hall, a 500-seat space that showcases the Uniquely Houston program-as well as two significant pieces of artwork (a mural and a two-piece sculpture).

When Was It Opened?

The Hobby Center opened in 2002.

Where Is It Located?

The Hobby Center is located at 800 Bagby St. #300 in downtown Houston.

When Can I Purchase Tickets From Hobby Center?

The box office at Hobby Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where Can I Park?

As always, parking downtown can be a bit tricky. However, parking at the Hobby Center is relatively easy. There is valet parking, though you'll end up paying somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 for the convenience. There is also metered street parking (free after work hours and on weekends) on the streets beyond Bagby.

Parking Tip: Before you hand over $20, check Walker street for parking spaces. In the evening time you can get lucky there.

Parking Tip No. 2: If you drive a Lexus, valet parking is free. For real.

Do They Serve Food Inside?

Yes, food is served inside, ranging from sandwiches and pizza in the lobby to South American cuisine in the Artista Restaurant.

May I Bring Food/Snacks Into The Theater?

No.

Is There An ATM Inside?

Yes. And it charges a $2.50 withdrawal fee.

How Long Do The Shows Typically Last?

Most shows typically last 2 ½ to 3 hours. You're advised to check on times for specific shows you plan on attending.

How Can I Get In Contact With Someone From Hobby Center?

You may reach employees at the Hobby Center via email, telephone and traditional mail. The contact information is as follows:

800 Bagby Street, Ste. 300
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713.315.2400
Fax: 713.315.2402
Box Office: 713.315.2525
Audience Services: 713.315.2412

You can find a listing of pertinent employees here.

Four Neat Facts About The Hobby Center For The Performing Arts:

1. The Hobby Center does not receive any municipal funding support. As such, VIP donors receive numerous amenities, including but not limited to preferential seating, complimentary valet, complimentary drink tickets.

2. You can rent the Hobby Center.

3. You can purchase bricks or name a seat for a certain price.

4. Several performance companies reside at the Hobby Center, including Gexa Energy Broadway, Theater Under The Stars, Masquerade Theater and Uniquely Houston. Read more about each here.

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