Houston Theater District
Theater District
Neighborhood of Houston
Marker indicating the Theater district
Marker indicating the Theater district
Theater District is located in Houston Downtown
Theater District
Theater District
Coordinates: 29°45?43?N 95°21?58?W / 29.762°N 95.366°W / 29.762; -95.366Coordinates: 29°45?43?N 95°21?58?W / 29.762°N 95.366°W / 29.762; -95.366
Country  United States
State  Texas
County Harris County
City  Houston
ZIP Code 77002
Area code(s) 713
Website houstontheatredistrict.org

The Houston Theater District, a 17-block area in the heart of Downtown Houston, Texas, United States, is home to Houston's nine professional performing arts organizations, the 130,000-square-foot (12,000 m2) Bayou Place entertainment complex, restaurants, movies, plazas, and parks. More than two million people visit the Houston Theater District annually.

Rankings and recognition

The district, with 12,948 seats for live performances and 1,580 movie seats, ranks second in the United States for the number of theater seats in a concentrated downtown area, and is one of only five cities with permanent professional resident companies in all of the major performing arts disciplines: the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Ballet, and The Alley Theatre.[1][2][3]

Houston is recognized as an important city for contemporary visual arts. The city is a prime stop for touring companies from Broadway; concerts and shows, from The Rolling Stones to Cirque du Soleil; and exhibitions for a variety of interests, ranging from the nation's largest quilting show to auto, boat, and home shows.

The Houston Grand Opera is the only opera company in the U.S. to win a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy. In 2007, Da Camera of Houston was awarded the CMAcclaim Award from Chamber Music America, for significant contribution to the cultural life of its region.

The Alley Theatre, founded in 1947, is Houston's oldest professional theatre company. The Alley is the only theatre in Texas to win the Tony Award for best Regional Theatre. The Alley is the third oldest continually operating theatre in the United States.

Venues

Attractions

One of the several attractions in the district is the Bayou Place Entertainment Complex--a large multilevel building that is home to full-service restaurants, bars, live music, billiards, multiple theaters, and art house films. The Revention Music Center - Formerly Houston Bayou Music Center and the Verizon Wireless Theatre- stages a variety of live concerts, and the [Sundance Theatre - Formerly the Angelika Theatre] presents the latest in art, foreign, and independent films.

History

Early venues in the district were the Sam Houston Coliseum and the Houston Music Hall.

Transportation

The district is served by METRORail light rail service at Theater District Station.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "Houston Arts and Museums". City of Houston eGovernment Center. Retrieved 2007. 
  2. ^ "About Houston Theater District Archived December 9, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.", Houston Theater District. Retrieved on December 16, 2006.
  3. ^ "Performing and Cultural Arts". Houston Downtown Organization. Retrieved 2007. 

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