The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art, $100 million theater complex anchoring Houston’s Theater District. Designed by American architect Robert Stern, the Hobby Center features two distinguished theaters; Fayez Sarofim Hall, a 2,650 seat theatre, home to Theatre Under the Stars and Broadway in Houston, and Selim K. Zilkha Hall, a 500 seat proscenium theater known nationwide for its warm acoustic and home to the Uniquely Houston® Series.
There are various locations within the Hobby Center available for hosting events including receptions, seated dinners, company events, lectures, weddings, private concerts and more.
Plush red carpeting, ornate fixtures and wall-to-wall windows providing extraordinary views of downtown Houston create the warm elegance of the Founders Club. To facilitate hosting a large reception or a small meeting, the room can be subdivided into five smaller areas. This striking Art Deco inspired space is the perfect space for any size gathering. The Founders Club is located on the Mezzanine Level.
The Grand Lobby of Sarofim Hall brings the outdoors in with its breathtaking panoramic view of downtown Houston. The six story glass facade allows natural daylight or the evening's golden glow to illuminate the entire space. The lobby doors open to a spacious outdoor terrace. The Grand Lobby is the perfect venue for lavish seated dinners, luncheons or receptions and has hosted galas, awards ceremonies, broadcasts, business meetings, as well as weddings.
With its rich blue color and soaring gold leaf columns, the design of Sarofim Hall echoes those of legendary Broadway theatres. The unique dome ceiling glows with some 2,000 fiber optic stars reproducing the summer nighttime sky over Houston's Hermann Park, birthplace of Theatre Under the Stars. Keep your eye peeled for a shooting star every five minutes. The Ruth B. Bauer Stage in Sarofim Hall is a magical and dramatic destination for any seated dinner or cocktail reception. Sarofim Hall can serve as a private events area on its own or in conjunction with the Hobby Center's Grand Lobby.
Zilkha Hall is a singularly beautiful jewel box theater with warm deep rose colors and cherry wood accents. The theater seats 500 and lends itself to a variety of event needs. Zilkha Hall's stage is a unique and creative option for seated dinners, meetings and other gatherings, ideal for adding a new angle to your next corporate event. The lobby can also serve as a private reception area in tandem with another space or on its own.
Just outside the doors of the audience chamber, the rich red colors of Zilkha Hall flow into this airy, light-filled space. The lobby has its own private entrance accessible from street level and can also be reached inside via a walkway from the Sarofim Ticket Lobby. The Zilkha Hall Lobby has its own concessions center as well as its own ticketing center, and has been the scene for intimate cocktail functions, pre and post program dinners, lunches, and breakfast meetings.
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