Below is a list of the top and leading Theatres in Houston. To help you find the best Theatres located near you in Houston, our team at Kev’s Best put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Houston’s Best Theatres:
The top rated Theatres in Houston are:
- The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
- Alley Theatre
- Miller Outdoor Theatre
- The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
- Wortham Theater Center
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts was shown to the public in 2002 and can be seen close to the Houston Theatre District. It boasts a 60-foot high wall made up of glass where Houston’s skyscrapers, Tranquility Park and Houston City Hall are visible. The Hobby center has two halls namely Sarofim and Zilkha Hall. Sarofim is bigger while Zilkha is smaller in size. Sarofim Hall can accommodate 2600 people. It houses the Memorial Hermann Broadway and the production of Theatre Under the Stars. On the other hand, several arts organizations from Houston can be found in the Zilkha Hall. A group of 500 can all fit inside this.
Broadway Shows, Dance, Education Outreach, Lectures, Musical Concerts, Children & Family Events, Play, Musical, Comedy
“Our first time to visit…we attended a reception, followed by a musical in the theater. The facility was excellent. Valet parking was extremely well run, entering and exiting although expensive..,but other parking very close. Security on entering was plentiful and quick. The theater itself was impressive and well presented. Will look forward to the next opportunity.” -Tony Ambler
Alley Theatre is a nonprofit theater managed by Artistic Director Rob Melrose and Managing Director Dean R. Gladden. About 16 plays are created annually in its newly refurbished Theatre. The subject is broad, which ranged from new pieces helmed by modern writers to restored classical plays. The alley accommodates actors, composers, playwrights, and designers of every production. After the renovation, a new Alley’s Hubbard Theatre with a 774 seating capacity was made. With the increased capacity, they are able to show 500 performance every season. To engage the audience, the Alley provides pre-show and post-performance talks, workshops, and events available for everyone.
Subscription Packages, Play, Spring Break Camps, Master Class Series
“The Alley always feels like visiting old friends. The productions are always first-rate. Well written, performed and just awesome to experience. Intermission is well thought out from a refreshment standpoint. Unlike some theaters, refreshments aren’t allowed in the theater, but if ordered before the first act, they are waiting for you so no time wasted waiting in line.” -Lynn Pelletier
Miller Outdoor Theatre
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Miller Outdoor Theatre is located in Hermann Park and gifts the beautiful community of Houston professional recreation and entertainment. The Outdoor Theatre hosts programs without any fees. It is considered the biggest outdoor program in the country that is free all year round. With a lovely mix of people present in Houston, one of the missions of the theatre is to be a medium of outstanding artistic events. Examples are classical music, jazz, world music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, and classic films. Moreover, these art performances are all crafted to be family-friendly.
Children’s Performances, Concert, Dance, Movie, Music, Play
“Miller has wonderful events! They are very well organized, clean, and offer snacks. I love that it’s mostly free (depending where you sit) and that it offers great performances!” -Yosdee
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is a known concert venue sometimes called The Woodlands Pavilion. It had hosted international shows with a huge crowd. Through the pavilion, they want to raise awareness and appreciation of all forms of arts. Audiences can acquire knowledge and consequently value arts like symphonies, ballets, and operas. The pavilion’s ownership is held by the Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands. This institution is classified as a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization. To keep the programs varied, the pavilion selected The Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, and fresh artists dominating the entertainment industry to perform. Concerts of popular artists are managed and promoted by Live Nation, their media partner. Proceeds go to educational and arts programs. Free mezzanine and lawn seats are provided for spectators of the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet Performance, Star-Spangled Salute, and Texas Music Festival Orchestra.
Performing Arts, Woodforest Bank Club, Live Nation
“Love this venue for concerts! It’s beautiful here, with amazing sounds and views. Always a wonderful experience. Saw Heart and Joan Jett here last year and had such an awesome time with friends, old and new. ❤️” -Carol Sue Gore
Wortham Theater Center
Wortham Theater Center is an art performance venue constructed in the 1980s funded by private individuals. It was named after Gus S. Wortham, the American General Insurance Company founder. He facilitated the company’s 20 million dollar contribution. Another donor is the Cullen Foundation with 7.5 million dollars and Brown Foundation with 6 million dollars. The move greatly reflected a joined effort of the community.
The theater delivered a refreshing atmosphere in the middle of the recession. A 437,500 square foot art oasis in Houston, it held the title of the first opera house ever built for 25 years. It houses both the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera. The Alice & George Brown Theater and the Lillie &Roy Cullen Theater comprised its two theatres. Brown Theatre has a 17000 square foot stage with 2405 capacity while the Cullen Theatre is relatively smaller. With its smaller area, it proved to be advantageous to soloists, chamber music and small recitals and shows.
Performing Arts, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera
“The theater itself should be a landmark. The lobby is elegantly art deco. The atmosphere is very formal. The seating arrangement s are excellent. We love the founder’s boxes. There is a huge parking area underneath that connects most of the entertainment venues and restaurants.” -Dorothy Simmons
Jeanie Burford is a reporter for Kev’s Best. After graduating from UCLA, Amy got an internship at a local radio station and worked as a beat reporter and producer. Jeanie has also worked as a columnist for The Brookings Register. Amy covers economy and community events for Kev’s Best.