Jones Hall seats almost 3,000 at most and can be altered to meet the acoustic and spatial demands of many different performance settings. SPA also manages the nearby Wortham Theatre Center, boasting two large theatres that feature performances from major Houston performing groups as well as smaller scale dance, theatre and music productions.
Houston’s Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) was formed in 1966 in association with Jones Hall, Houston’s then-brand new all-purpose performance hall. The hall (named after its benefactor, local philanthropist Jesse H. Jones) was built to house both the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera; with their combined performing calendars, the venue would remain open for much of the time. Still, SPA’s goal was to keep Jones Hall busy; over the next four decades it organized hundreds of performances by local and national touring acts. It is the largest nonprofit organization of its kind in the Southwest, and continues to bring the world’s most acclaimed artists to its stages.
Society for the Performing Arts Information
- Other venues: Wortham Theatre Center, 501 Texas Street
- Public Transportation: Good (accessible by many public bus routes)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 40 events per season
- Ticket Prices: Vary ($25-155) depending on event and seating choice
- Subscriptions/Membership: Subscriptions available (4 performances each) to both Music and Family Fun Series ($64-256 depending on series and seating, with discounts for children on Family events). Subscribers can create their own packages of three or more events at a discount. Purchasers of seven or more events receive two tickets to one additional event.