The Hobby Center is Houston’s premiere destination for the performing arts, built in 2002 to replace the Houston Music Hall and Sam Houston Coliseum. It is a privately owned and funded non-profit organization with a mission to expand the scope and quality of the performing arts available to Houston’s public. The Hobby’s resident performing arts companies include the Gexa Energy Broadway Series, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS, also containing the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre), Masquerade Theatre, and Uniquely Houston, which provides a venue for small local non-profit performing arts organizations.
The Center contains two state-of-the-art venues: Sarofim Hall, seating 2,650, was designed for Broadway productions and houses TUTS, while Zilkha Hall seats 500 and features the Uniquely Houston series. Two works of art were commissioned specifically for the Center, American painter Sol LeWitt’s ‘Wall Drawing 2002’ (occupying the Grand Lobby) and British sculptor Tony Cragg’s ‘In Minds’, located just outside of the Hobby Center at Hines Plaza.
Hobby Center Information
- Public Transportation: Fair (accessible by a number of Houston metro bus routes)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 240 performances annually
- Ticket Prices: Vary ($10-100) depending on event and seating choice. Discounts available to students and seniors for select performances
- Subscriptions/Membership: Season subscriptions available to a number of performance series, including Gexa Energy Broadway Series, Theatre Under the Stars, Dominic Walsh Dance theatre, and a number of others. Subscribers enjoy priority seating, ticket privileges and more.