Written by Randy Watson
If you happen to be in Houston and are looking for a place to hang out and watch a live performance or grab some popcorn and watch a movie, this place is for you! This 17-block area located in the heart of Houston contains different types of entertainment that could match to your needs!
It ranks second to New York in terms of the most number of theater seats concentrated in a downtown area. It also plays host to nine world-class performing arts organizations, a 130,000 square foot entertainment complex, high class restaurants, parks and plazas! This place is none other than the Houston Theater District!
This place is one of the most visited places in Texas because of an approximately two million visitors per year! This record is no surprise because this place is really a must-see. This place is really famous because of its different tourist attractions. It includes a large multi-level building known as the Bayou Place entertainment complex, which houses a lot of restaurants, bars, theaters and art house films. It seems as if you can find everything in this place!
Another places for hang out is The Houston Verizon Wireless Theater that hosts a lot of live concerts. It is located at the corner of Texas and Bagby in the Bayou Place entertainment complex. This is a very flexible place in terms of its seating arrangements because there are three variations of seating arrangements to choose from. It could be done traditional theater rows, cabaret tables or standing room. It all depends on the type of performance that will take place.
This place is not only known for gimmicks and night out but it is also a well-known place wherein Broadway shows are held. This place is also one of the five cities that is a permanent resident for different performing arts disciplines. These are the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Ballet, which is the fifth largest ballet troupe in the United States and Alley Theater, which was awarded as the Tony Awards best regional theater in 1996.
A resident for the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera is the Gus S. Wortham Center that opened during the year 1987. It is located at the corner of Smith and Texas. It is a 437, 000 square foot building that was funded by a private sector.
Another tourist attraction is the different parks such as the Sesquicentennial Park, Heritage Society and Tranquility Park. These parks are good places for biking and other outdoor events. A museum such as the Museum of Texas History contains a lot of interesting materials from Spanish era to the recent space exploration. That’s not all; Houston Theater District is also a place for some underwater adventure because of its Downtown Aquarium. It is a 500,000 gallons of different sea creatures and an underwater dining place as well.
If you are just a few blocks away from these huge entertainment palaces, then do not miss the chance to see a movie or a live concert in this place. You will not regret it!