Inside The Hobby


About the Hobby Center

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, located in the heart of downtown Houston, stands as the premier entertainment complex in the Houston Theater District.

Two acoustically distinguished theaters, an impressive grand lobby, a contemporary American cuisine restaurant and convenient parking create a first-class setting in which to enjoy acclaimed theatrical performances and special events.

Robert A. M. Stern's Contemporary Architectural Design

Opened in 2002, the Hobby Center features exquisite architectural details, including:

  • Exterior – 60-foot-high glass walls overlook the city skyline, adjacent parks and the Art Deco City Hall.
  • Grand Lobby – The three-story lobby features Café de Paris limestone, a gold leaf ceiling and a dramatic roof supported by tubular steel columns. The expansive second-floor terrace overlooks Tranquility Park and downtown Houston.
  • Sarofim Hall and Zilkha Hall  Seating 2,650 and 500 respectively, the halls were designed to accommodate large-scale productions and smaller, more intimate performances. Both are beautifully appointed.
  • Commissioned Art – Highly regarded contemporary artists were selected to create pieces specifically for the Hobby Center. American painter Sol LeWitt's color-suffused mural, "Wall Drawing 2002," serves as the focal point in the Grand Lobby. British sculptor Tony Cragg's two-part bronze sculpture, "In Minds," stands outside the entrance to the Hobby Center.
  • Artista Restaurant – Voted the restaurant with the best décor and atmosphere by the Houston Business Journal, Artista is located on the second level of the Hobby Center for convenient and enjoyable dining before or after an event.
  • Adjacent parking – Above-ground 800-car garage provides easy access to the Hobby Center.

The Hobby Center delivers the vision of architect Stern: "To create a facility where there's a show before the show."