Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Sarofim Hall 2002
Main Lobby Level
Orchestra Level Plan
First Balcony Plan
Second Balcony Plan
Section thru Hall
Client:Houston Music Hall Foundation
Project Category:Performing Arts Centers
Architect:Robert A.M. Stern
Arch. of Record:Morris Architects
Completion Year:2002
Location:Houston, Texas
Acoustician:Jaffe Holden Acoustics
Building Size:248,000 s.f.
Capacity:2,650 seats
This major multipurpose center includes the 2,650-seat Sarofim Hall and the 500-seat Zilkha Hall, which is the largest venue in Texas for Broadway tours. Designed primarily for musical theatre, Sarofim Hall also serves as the resident home of Houston's 30-year-old musical theatre group, "Theatre Under the Stars". Zilkha Hall seats 350 on the orchestra level and 150 on the mezzanine, a perfect size for smaller events. Because Sarofim Hall is a presenter of major touring attractions, the large stage and commodious backstage areas have state-of-the-art technology and are "user friendly," both for large and small productions and presenters. At over 9,000 s.f., the Grand Lobby gives patrons ample space to meet and greet.

The building's interiors have been designed by Robert A.M. Stern and Morris Architects  to ensure that patrons enjoy the Center from the moment they arrive. Amenities include a restaurant, private dining and reception rooms, a piano bar, ample restrooms, and adequate leg room in the auditorium seats for even the tallest Texan. The complex also houses the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, administrative offices, and rehearsal studios.