Hobby Center for the Performing Arts


This major multipurpose center includes the 2,650-seat Sarofim Hall and the 500-seat Zilkha Hall. It 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 the Center is a presenter of major touring attractions, the large stage and commodious backstage areas have state-of-the-art technology and are “user friendly,” for large and small productions and presenters.

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 seating that offers adequate leg room for even the tallest Texan. The complex also houses the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, administrative offices, and rehearsal studios.

  • Client: Houston Music Hall Foundation
  • 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.

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