7326 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX, US
Bio: The Arena Theatre is not only one of Houston’s oldest concert venues, it is one of Texas’ most historic!” The Arena Theatre is one of Houston’s oldest and most successful concert venues. When you come to the Arena Theatre, you don’t come to see a show, you come to experience it. Because of its unique design, this theatre in the round provides guests with an intimate evening with their favorite entertainer. Arena Theatre has proudly presented many legendary artists such as Willie Nelson, BB King, Tom Jones, Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson. With no seat more than sixty feet from the stage you feel like you are part of the show, not just part of the audience. This intimate setting, unique to the Arena Theatre only, lets you feel like you get to know your favorite star a little better. The Arena Theatre customers are also able to enjoy four, full service, inside bars without missing a beat. In addition, the enclosed and secure parking ensures that even bad weather can’t dampen the spirit of the Theatre’s concertgoers. Reviews » “The Arena Theatre has been bringing in mainstream entertainers since the ’70s. Its round revolving stage allows audience members a degree of intimacy with the performers unavailable in a traditional arrangement. The Arena recently received a substantial facelift under new ownership. Upgrades include new sound and lighting systems and an ambitious booking approach that has brought some of the best national and international pop, country and jazz talents to Houston.” Citysearch “Arena Theater is well-known for its amazing rock concerts. Enter this spacious venue to be spellbound by its minimalistic yet stylish decor and comfortable seating. Sink into these chairs while the renowned music talents spell magic across the stage with their power-packed performances. And not to forget the high-end lighting systems and acoustics add an impact larger than life!” – Yahoo Travel Press » 042709: Beloved Arena Theatre gets a second life By Ken Hoffman, Houston Chronicle http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/hoffman/6395150.html 022309: Aftermath: Loretta Lynn at Arena Theatre By Craig Hlavaty, Live Shots – Houston Press http://blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks/2009/02/aftermath_loretta_lynn_at_the.php 101907: Arena Theatre back in show business By Mary Ann Azevedo, Houston Business Journal http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2007/10/22/story2.html 121004: Group pays $24.5 million for Arena complex By Jennifer Dawson, Houston Business Journal http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2004/12/13/story8.html 072597: Arena Towers find buyer By Laura A. Stromberg, Houston Business Journal http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/1997/07/28/story1.html Interesting Facts » Latino Comedian Gabriel Iglesias had one of his most memorable career moments here when he split his shorts. he later auctioned them off. Boxer “Baby” Joe Mesi wins against Martin Lopez by Knock Out in 1998. Joe Mesi has one of the longest active undefeated professional boxing records in the world for a heavyweight. Divorce Me, Darling is a musical written by Sandy Wilson which ran for 91 performances at London’s Globe Theatre in 1965. It had its U.S. premiere at the Arena Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Houston, Texas, in 1984. Melvin Powers, developer of Arena Towers, was involved in a true life murder mystery. Read the story here: http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders/family/jacques_mossler/5.html Comedian Bob Hope was an investor in the original Arena Theatre, operated for many years by H’Town Arena.