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.
- Diana American Grill – The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts is raising the curtain on its show-stopping new signature restaurant – Diana American Grill – a classic Theater District restaurant that draws on the long heritage of the grill rooms found in close proximity to great theaters. Named for Diana Hobby – who impacted the Houston community in countless ways and played an instrumental role in the creation of the performing arts center – the restaurant name serves to honor, acknowledge and extend her legacy of grace and generosity.
- 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."