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Best Concert Halls & Theaters In North Texas

October 18, 2010 7:20 PM

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In the mood for a show? Here are some of the best concert halls and theaters in North Texas,  offering everything from phenomenal acoustics to stunning architecture.

Bass Performance Hall

4th and Calhoun Streets
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
(817) 212-4325

The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is the permanent home to several performing arts organizations, including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater and the Fort Worth Opera. The hall, which opened in 1998, seats 2,056 guests and resembles a European opera house in its design. Performances cover a wide of interests – classical music, Broadway shows, opera, dance and popular music, just to name a few. The acoustics are lauded as much as the architecture by visitors.

The Granada Theater

3524 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 824-9933
(214) 827-5514 (specifically for events)

The Granada Theater is probably the premier live music venue in Dallas. It has gone through myriad of interior and exterior changes as well as management changes since its 1946 debut as a 700-seat first run movie house. Today, the Granada is at nearly double that capacity but is still a magnet for the big names as well as the independent artists of the music industry. Guests have an awesome view of the stage no matter where they’re standing or sitting in the theater.

Meyerson Symphony Center

2301 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 670-3600

The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center’s prides itself on its “acoustically superior” McDermott Concert Hall — and patrons support that claim. The 2,062-seat space was specifically designed by I.M. Pei with the utmost attention to acoustics for nearly every area of the space — including acoustical curtains. If you’re looking for an unparalleled aural experience, this is where it’s at.

House of Blues

2200 North Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 978-2583

The House of Blues debuted in Dallas in 2007 when it opened in the White Swan Building. With a 1,625-person capacity dispersed among two floors, the House of Blues is loved for hosting musicians that might otherwise be neglected by other music venues in the area. Concert-goers rave about the great sound quality but no so much about the drink prices.

The Kessler Theater

1230 West Davis Street
Dallas, Texas 75208
(214) 272-8346

The Kessler Theater, recently brushed up and dusted off after being closed for 30 years, impresses with its Art Deco design, intimate atmosphere and general ambiance. Originally a movie house, the Kessler is a highly recommended spot to check out musicians of every ilk.

Music Hall at Fair Park

Music Hall at Fair Park

Music Hall at Fair Park

909 First Avenue
Dallas, TX 75210
(214) 565-1116

Home to the Dallas Summer Musicals, Music Hall at Fair Park made its grand theatrical debut in 1925.

Winspear Opera House

2403 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 880-0202

The Winspear Opera House provides state-of-the-art performance space for The Dallas Opera, Texas Ballet Theater, traveling Broadway productions and other organizations.

Casa Mañana

3101 West Lancaster Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 332-2272

Fort Worth’s Casa Mañana Theatre is a state-of-the-art performance venue that has grown into Tarrant County’s largest performing arts organization.

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  • Benny Davis

    Go take a look at the Performing Arts Center in Heath, TX. It is located on the campus of Rockwall Heath HIgh School. Whoa Nellie!

  • anonymous

    They’ve got to be kidding. Obviously, whoever came up with this list is being paid by the Music Hall at Fair Park that probably has the WORST acoustics of any venue ever! Worldwide. Hands down. No contest. Every patron is recommended to rent the headphones, no matter how much they paid, or where they’re sitting. The Granada ahead of the Meyerson? I LOVE the Granada, go there all the time, no way would I rate the Granada above the Meyerson (definitely way above the Music Hall). I was just at the Meyerson tonight and it is truly awesome. Love Bass Hall, but do NOT like the upper levels at all. And what about Stage West?

  • R. E. Blackmanre

    Never heard of the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie, apparently. Why not research your articles before posting them?

  • tb1945

    to leave out the Meyerson??Rated one of the best in the World.
    The Music Hall is like a barn. Dead sound in most of the hall.Under the balcony, sides of the main floor and upper balcony.

  • D. Voet

    The improvements on the Music Hall have been worth the 1 million dallars spent. Patrons are pleasantly surprised. That said I might not rank the hall over a brand new building.

  • Keith T.

    Thank you to the Bass family for building and supporting a world call theater right here in Ft Worth, as well as in other locations around the state!

  • B M Ryan

    The accoustics in the sanctuary of St Andrew UMC, Plano, Tx, are superb and suitable for quality recording of musical events.

  • George Venner

    Apparently the writer has never been to the Mesquite Arts Center. The accoustics are so good, musicians come from overseas to record there.

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