We are proud to be a part of Houston’s diverse and vibrant cultural arts scene. Delivering a best-in-class patron experience, the Hobby Center welcomes over 400,000 audience members annually to engage with high-quality arts programming.
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts deepens understanding of our shared humanity. We serve as a connector, convenor and incubator for all Houston audiences, artmakers and arts organizations. By presenting engaging performances and educational programs, we strengthen our sense of belonging to shape a more cohesive and connected Houston community.
The Hobby Center is the central hub for artists and audiences in Houston and is the driving force in the performing arts ecosystem. Building on a legacy of presenting the best of Broadway, the Hobby Center reflects the diversity of our city through a wide range of exceptional artistic and educational programming on and off stage. Compelling artists from Houston and around the globe engage audiences through dynamic and innovative artmaking and storytelling.
The Hobby Center opened its doors in 2002, establishing a new era for the performing arts and cultural quality of life for Houstonians of all ages and backgrounds. The venue was purpose built with musical theater in mind, bringing the best of Broadway right here to our own backyard. It is managed and operated by the Hobby Center Foundation, formerly known as the Houston Music Hall Foundation. The Foundation is organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Our grounds were previously home to the Sam Houston Coliseum and Music Hall. Both built in 1937, the Music Hall played host to many theatrical, dance and music performances, while the Coliseum at one time was home to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, hosted the first National Women’s Conference in 1977 and saw music greats like Elvis Presley, James Brown, The Beatles, and Ike and Tina Turner on its stage.
Even earlier than the Music Hall and the Coliseum was Sam Houston Hall, built in 64 days for $200,000 to host the 1928 Democratic National Convention, held June 26 -29. New York Gov. Alfred E. Smith received the party’s nomination, but was later defeated in the general election by Herbert Hoover.