Arena Theatre

★★★★☆
Arena Theatre : The Legendary Venue with the Stage in the Round!
  • 7326 Southwest Fwy

    Houston, TX 77074

    Cross street: Fondren Rd

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  • 713-772-5900

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Box office: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun - 12pm ONLY if an event is scheduled. Please call ahead!

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Love to attend concerts at the Arena Theatre. It's in the round and all seats are actually good. I've been to many shows at this venue, most recently, Charlie Wilson last month and Cedric the Entertainer last week. Waiting for Babyface

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★★★★★

Love to attend concerts at the Arena Theatre. It's in the round and all seats are actually good. I've been to many shows at this venue, most recently, Charlie Wilson last month and Cedric the Entertainer last week. Waiting for Babyface

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Worst venue I have ever been to. Wish I had looked at the earlier comments before buying tickets. The show for Bebel Gilberto last Saturday started 2 hours late with no opening act nor any apology or announcement whatsoever from

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★★★★★

Worst venue I have ever been to. Wish I had looked at the earlier comments before buying tickets. The show for Bebel Gilberto last Saturday started 2 hours late with no opening act nor any apology or announcement whatsoever from

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watch out when you come here like Juan P said below management is on constant watch for terrorists - i had a black lady cop stand over me as if I had made some threat- chris isaak said 'take all the pictures you want' - then i asked for my

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★★★★★

watch out when you come here like Juan P said below management is on constant watch for terrorists - i had a black lady cop stand over me as if I had made some threat- chris isaak said 'take all the pictures you want' - then i asked for my

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Don't waste your time. The venue is nice, but the management constantly cancel events and make sure to read their refund policy (NO REFUNDS). They advertised the Legacy Championship and then the main fight (the championship fight) was

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★★★★★

Don't waste your time. The venue is nice, but the management constantly cancel events and make sure to read their refund policy (NO REFUNDS). They advertised the Legacy Championship and then the main fight (the championship fight) was

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I paid $303 for two tickets to Legacy FIghts, and when I got there they could not find my tickets even after I showed them my receipt from the web site that i purchased them on... they made me purchase 2 more seats another $155! and no one will answer the phone, and I want my money back! The online company delivered them and even show them being scanned in at 7:25! \nI don't even think the Arena Theater deserves 1 star could there be a negative star?

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★☆☆☆☆

I paid $303 for two tickets to Legacy FIghts, and when I got there they could not find my tickets even after I showed them my receipt from the web site that i purchased them on... they made me purchase 2 more seats another $155! and no one will answer the phone, and I want my money back! The online company delivered them and even show them being scanned in at 7:25! \nI don't even think the Arena Theater deserves 1 star could there be a negative star?

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This message is mainly for the owner, since your staff refuses to allow me to contact you regarding the poor service I received on May 16th. I was really looking forward to the Al Green concert and paid $170 for 2 tickets to sit in the 2nd row. When the concert began, the stage rotated around until it got to our section and then it turned in the other direction. He never faced us once! When i called to complain, your employee, Cynthia, took my information and said that she would speak to the owner and call me back in 30 minutes. She never returned my call. I called the next day and spoke to Celia, who told me there is nothing that she can do, and has no way of escalating to the owner. I find it hard to believe the owner of a company would allow this type of customer service. \r\n\r\nThis will be the last time I ever purchase tickets for the Arena Theater. I work too hard to just throw my money away. The sad part is that Al Green rarely comes to Houston, so that may have been my last opportunity.

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★☆☆☆☆

This message is mainly for the owner, since your staff refuses to allow me to contact you regarding the poor service I received on May 16th. I was really looking forward to the Al Green concert and paid $170 for 2 tickets to sit in the 2nd row. When the concert began, the stage rotated around until it got to our section and then it turned in the other direction. He never faced us once! When i called to complain, your employee, Cynthia, took my information and said that she would speak to the owner and call me back in 30 minutes. She never returned my call. I called the next day and spoke to Celia, who told me there is nothing that she can do, and has no way of escalating to the owner. I find it hard to believe the owner of a company would allow this type of customer service. \r\n\r\nThis will be the last time I ever purchase tickets for the Arena Theater. I work too hard to just throw my money away. The sad part is that Al Green rarely comes to Houston, so that may have been my last opportunity.

Cons: stage rotation was never balanced, poor customer service

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I JUST SAW FOREIGNER PERFORM THIS WEEKEND AND LET ME TELL YOU IT WAS THE MOST WONDERFUL CONCERT I HAVE EVER ATTENDED. THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME TO ATTEND THE ARENA THEATRE AND IT IS AWESOME! I WILL DEFINATELY BE BACK (HOPEFULLY 4 SOME MORE GREAT ROCK) THE ARENA SEATING IS PERFECT --NOT A BAD SEAT IN THE HOUSE. WE WERE ON THE 6TH ROW AND COULD WALK DOWN TO THE STAGE FOR SOME AWESOME PHOTOS! WONDERFUL

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★★★★★

I JUST SAW FOREIGNER PERFORM THIS WEEKEND AND LET ME TELL YOU IT WAS THE MOST WONDERFUL CONCERT I HAVE EVER ATTENDED. THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME TO ATTEND THE ARENA THEATRE AND IT IS AWESOME! I WILL DEFINATELY BE BACK (HOPEFULLY 4 SOME MORE GREAT ROCK) THE ARENA SEATING IS PERFECT --NOT A BAD SEAT IN THE HOUSE. WE WERE ON THE 6TH ROW AND COULD WALK DOWN TO THE STAGE FOR SOME AWESOME PHOTOS! WONDERFUL

Pros: EXCELLANT SEATING

Cons: WARM...NEEDED TO BE COOLER A/C

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I went to the Jaheim concert on saturday May 24th it took an hour to get in to the theatre and I knew there was a problem then because the doors were open and it was hot in the hallways. When we finally entered the theatre there was about an hour wait for drinks and food. During the concert it was very hot and I thought it would pass, but to my dismay it did not. I was sweating through my clothes, which is unacceptable for indoror event. I'm not sure thatI will ever return to this arena again especially if this problem is not solved. I think you should offer some kind of compensation to patrons attending this event. Jaheim as a performer was very good, but I'm sure he was experiencing some of the same discomfort as those attending the concert being under all the lights.

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★★☆☆☆

I went to the Jaheim concert on saturday May 24th it took an hour to get in to the theatre and I knew there was a problem then because the doors were open and it was hot in the hallways. When we finally entered the theatre there was about an hour wait for drinks and food. During the concert it was very hot and I thought it would pass, but to my dismay it did not. I was sweating through my clothes, which is unacceptable for indoror event. I'm not sure thatI will ever return to this arena again especially if this problem is not solved. I think you should offer some kind of compensation to patrons attending this event. Jaheim as a performer was very good, but I'm sure he was experiencing some of the same discomfort as those attending the concert being under all the lights.

Pros: performance was great

Cons: was very very very hot

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Wow, is all I can say. What an experience. My first time going to the Arena I was so pleased. The seats were comfortable and you could enjoy the whole show. I believe the only thing needs to be fixed is the website. I missed the opprotunity to capture my performance with Ms. Patti because I did not bring my camrea. I didn't know and couldn't find out if I could bring it in or not. But over all it was the BEST. I GOT TO SING WITH PATTI LABELLE YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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★★★★★

Wow, is all I can say. What an experience. My first time going to the Arena I was so pleased. The seats were comfortable and you could enjoy the whole show. I believe the only thing needs to be fixed is the website. I missed the opprotunity to capture my performance with Ms. Patti because I did not bring my camrea. I didn't know and couldn't find out if I could bring it in or not. But over all it was the BEST. I GOT TO SING WITH PATTI LABELLE YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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Let Me say first, I am an avid concert go-er and I have been to several hundred concerts all over the country, seen all types of artist in various types of venues. I am from Houston and I must say that Houston crowds are the absolute worst in the whole country. No where else do people pride themselves in sitting down throuh out the entire concert. If You have bad feet, fat or just plain lazy either sit in the handicap section or stay home. Dull crowds make the performer shorten performances and not do encores(ie Michael Jackson said he would not perform in Houston again). That being said the Arena theatre is one intmate venues I have ever been in. I went to Musiq and Erykah, and indeed the foolishness that was going on in the parking lot and line with 2 the metal detectors was quite ridiculous for Musiq. Also the box office(where people were purchasing tickets) is right next to the metal detector funnel (which is the only entrance), which is right next to Will Call(Ticket Pick Up) which adds to the madness by the Entry. I was dissapointed that Chrisette Michelle did not perform but, unless she was NOT going to be paid, there was no excuse to miss a performance( I do not know the details of the incident but being a DIVA over being PROFESSIONAL will not enhance or propel your career). The management did improve in both of those areas with Erykah, however there is still room for improvement (the concert started a few minutes late, but Erykah said it was her fault). The likelihood of people in those particular crowds bringing a firearm into a venue is highly unlikely (the same as a Hanna Montana concert). Know the type audience and stop with the overkill PLEASE. The sound in the place was incredible. The only better places to see concerts in Houston is places without seats(small clubs)

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★★★★★

Let Me say first, I am an avid concert go-er and I have been to several hundred concerts all over the country, seen all types of artist in various types of venues. I am from Houston and I must say that Houston crowds are the absolute worst in the whole country. No where else do people pride themselves in sitting down throuh out the entire concert. If You have bad feet, fat or just plain lazy either sit in the handicap section or stay home. Dull crowds make the performer shorten performances and not do encores(ie Michael Jackson said he would not perform in Houston again). That being said the Arena theatre is one intmate venues I have ever been in. I went to Musiq and Erykah, and indeed the foolishness that was going on in the parking lot and line with 2 the metal detectors was quite ridiculous for Musiq. Also the box office(where people were purchasing tickets) is right next to the metal detector funnel (which is the only entrance), which is right next to Will Call(Ticket Pick Up) which adds to the madness by the Entry. I was dissapointed that Chrisette Michelle did not perform but, unless she was NOT going to be paid, there was no excuse to miss a performance( I do not know the details of the incident but being a DIVA over being PROFESSIONAL will not enhance or propel your career). The management did improve in both of those areas with Erykah, however there is still room for improvement (the concert started a few minutes late, but Erykah said it was her fault). The likelihood of people in those particular crowds bringing a firearm into a venue is highly unlikely (the same as a Hanna Montana concert). Know the type audience and stop with the overkill PLEASE. The sound in the place was incredible. The only better places to see concerts in Houston is places without seats(small clubs)

Pros: intimate setting great sound quality performers so far, arrive early like I did so You will not miss any of the concert

Cons: The Moronic 2 metal detectors that 3000 well dresssed adults missed part of the concert passing through

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This was the worse experience I have ever had in attending a concert. I was really looking forward to attending the concert and seeing the changes at the arena. But, the experience was disappointing the minute you pull into the drive. There was no helpful staff directing traffic into the facility so the result was several lanes of cars trying to merge into one lane. Then trying to get into the facility was a nightmare. There was no direction on which line was will-call and which was for ticket holders, so masses of people were just moving herd-like in one direction. Then when you finally made it to the only door allowed entrance, there were only 2 metal detectors to go thru. The entire set up was ridiculous! The show was scheduled to begin @ 8:00pm. By 10:30, only Musiq performed with no additional artists. So basically everyone paid 100% ticket price, but received 50% of a show with no further explanations! Until management decides to ""manage"" the facility dont bother attending any events unless you need to waste time and throw money away!

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★☆☆☆☆

This was the worse experience I have ever had in attending a concert. I was really looking forward to attending the concert and seeing the changes at the arena. But, the experience was disappointing the minute you pull into the drive. There was no helpful staff directing traffic into the facility so the result was several lanes of cars trying to merge into one lane. Then trying to get into the facility was a nightmare. There was no direction on which line was will-call and which was for ticket holders, so masses of people were just moving herd-like in one direction. Then when you finally made it to the only door allowed entrance, there were only 2 metal detectors to go thru. The entire set up was ridiculous! The show was scheduled to begin @ 8:00pm. By 10:30, only Musiq performed with no additional artists. So basically everyone paid 100% ticket price, but received 50% of a show with no further explanations! Until management decides to ""manage"" the facility dont bother attending any events unless you need to waste time and throw money away!

Cons: bad management, poor entry, poor parking

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I also attended the Chrisette Michelle concert and was VERY DISAPPOINTED when she did not show up. But that was just a small example of the problems that occurred that evening. As another reviewer mentioned, we were forced to stand outside for an hour and a half in the cold waiting to enter a concert that was scheduled to begin at 8:00pm (We arrived at 7:15 and saw Chrisette Michele re-entering the theater at that time). NO ONE was allowed to enter the venue through the metal detectors until 9:30, and even after 9:30 it took forever to get everyone inside the theater. This was especially inconvenient since there were no restrooms outside and my girlfriend really had to go. Furthermore, there were NO announcements or acknowledgments of the delays and cancellations at any point during the evening. When Music Soulchild finally took the stage at 10:30pm, the crowd was confused as to why Chrisette Michele had not performed first. After Music's performance, many Chrisette Michele fans stayed in their seats for another half hour waiting for Chrisette Michele to perform. After all, no one announced that her performance had been canceled. This was the most poorly organized show I've ever seen in my life! I really hope I can get a refund for this.

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★☆☆☆☆

I also attended the Chrisette Michelle concert and was VERY DISAPPOINTED when she did not show up. But that was just a small example of the problems that occurred that evening. As another reviewer mentioned, we were forced to stand outside for an hour and a half in the cold waiting to enter a concert that was scheduled to begin at 8:00pm (We arrived at 7:15 and saw Chrisette Michele re-entering the theater at that time). NO ONE was allowed to enter the venue through the metal detectors until 9:30, and even after 9:30 it took forever to get everyone inside the theater. This was especially inconvenient since there were no restrooms outside and my girlfriend really had to go. Furthermore, there were NO announcements or acknowledgments of the delays and cancellations at any point during the evening. When Music Soulchild finally took the stage at 10:30pm, the crowd was confused as to why Chrisette Michele had not performed first. After Music's performance, many Chrisette Michele fans stayed in their seats for another half hour waiting for Chrisette Michele to perform. After all, no one announced that her performance had been canceled. This was the most poorly organized show I've ever seen in my life! I really hope I can get a refund for this.

Pros: small venue

Cons: unprofessional staff, audience faces back of performer

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I attended the would-be Musiq/ Chrisette Michelle concert. Chrisette Michelle never showed for this event, and this is the artist I was paying to see. I waited 1 1/2 hours outside the boxoffice before they finally let us in the door. When we got in, it was another 45 minutes before they introduced a local contest winner who sang for another 20 minutes. I heard Musiq finally sang at around 11:30 and the concert ended abruptly without any explanation. My question is Why was I charged for a show that I NEVER RECEIVED?

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★☆☆☆☆

I attended the would-be Musiq/ Chrisette Michelle concert. Chrisette Michelle never showed for this event, and this is the artist I was paying to see. I waited 1 1/2 hours outside the boxoffice before they finally let us in the door. When we got in, it was another 45 minutes before they introduced a local contest winner who sang for another 20 minutes. I heard Musiq finally sang at around 11:30 and the concert ended abruptly without any explanation. My question is Why was I charged for a show that I NEVER RECEIVED?

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Arena Theatre is an AWESOME theatre. It's even better now that is been renovated. There really is NO BAD SEAT IN THE PLACE! \r\n\r\nDeejay1: I believe you were misinformed. Chrisette was upset with management, but it was HER management, not the Arena's. My husband has been a permanent fixture at a radio station here in Houston for the last 10 years & we were backstage when Chrisette left. She was upset because the things that she asked for to be in her dressing room were not there. But that was because her management company didn't send it. This was about 4 PM. When whomever it was was trying to ask her what she needed so they could go get it, she got frustrated and said forget it. Technically, the concert didn't start late. Musiq was scheduled to start between 9:30 & 10:00, which he did. If Chrisette had performed, then the concert would have started at 8 & the doors would have opened earlier. \r\n\r\nNow, the metal detectors. The City of Houston said that in order for the Arena to reopen they were going to have to find a solution to keep the weapons out. Not only were they, the new Arena owners, ordered to get hand held metal detecting devices but units for the doors as well. IT WAS RECOMMENDED at the contract signing that if everyone enters through one door, then that would also cut down on the possibility of weapons entering the Arena. So it was implemented. \r\n\r\nYou would talk to the box office that you purchased your tickets from for a refund. Take your ticket with you & explain that the act you paid to see didn't show. They allot certain amounts of money for returns for things like that. I was told that Ticketmaster didn't distribute the tickets but I don't know that for sure.\r\n\r\nAnd if we all could get our information a correct, it would really help the world eventually. Let's not have the ""crabs-in-a-bucket"" syndrome & pull everyone/everything down. It's not right & you wouldn't appreciate it if you had your own business & someone did it to you.

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★★★★★

Arena Theatre is an AWESOME theatre. It's even better now that is been renovated. There really is NO BAD SEAT IN THE PLACE! \r\n\r\nDeejay1: I believe you were misinformed. Chrisette was upset with management, but it was HER management, not the Arena's. My husband has been a permanent fixture at a radio station here in Houston for the last 10 years & we were backstage when Chrisette left. She was upset because the things that she asked for to be in her dressing room were not there. But that was because her management company didn't send it. This was about 4 PM. When whomever it was was trying to ask her what she needed so they could go get it, she got frustrated and said forget it. Technically, the concert didn't start late. Musiq was scheduled to start between 9:30 & 10:00, which he did. If Chrisette had performed, then the concert would have started at 8 & the doors would have opened earlier. \r\n\r\nNow, the metal detectors. The City of Houston said that in order for the Arena to reopen they were going to have to find a solution to keep the weapons out. Not only were they, the new Arena owners, ordered to get hand held metal detecting devices but units for the doors as well. IT WAS RECOMMENDED at the contract signing that if everyone enters through one door, then that would also cut down on the possibility of weapons entering the Arena. So it was implemented. \r\n\r\nYou would talk to the box office that you purchased your tickets from for a refund. Take your ticket with you & explain that the act you paid to see didn't show. They allot certain amounts of money for returns for things like that. I was told that Ticketmaster didn't distribute the tickets but I don't know that for sure.\r\n\r\nAnd if we all could get our information a correct, it would really help the world eventually. Let's not have the ""crabs-in-a-bucket"" syndrome & pull everyone/everything down. It's not right & you wouldn't appreciate it if you had your own business & someone did it to you.

Pros: Even better since it's been remodeled! Rotating stage! No bad seats!

Cons: None!

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Avoid all concerts at the Arena Theatre! My husband and I paid $50/ticket to see Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michelle. We purchased 6 tickets for family and friends, so we wasted $300. Musiq was there, Chrisette was a no show. Musiq Soulchild was great! His set was awesome, but we were there to see Chrisette. She is a new artist and we really enjoy her music. We were told by management (Hector or Victor Hinajosa) that Chrisette was there but left abruptly. We were told she was upset with management so she left. I do not blame her because I was upset with the new management. It was horiffic! We waited in long lines to enter. Everyone had to enter through one entry way because it was the only entry way with metal detectors. That was ridiculous. We were being treated like criminals. What's up with the metal detectors anyway, purchase the hand-held detectors. Know your audience! We were not there to see a heavy metal gothic band. It was a neo-soul concert, a mature professional crowd. Use hand-held devices at every entry way and get us to our damn seats! There were more policemen there than ticket attendants. I have never experienced that at a neo-soul concert. The concert was suppose to start at 8pm. We were not allowed to enter until 9:30pm. Musiq Soulchild started at 10:00. My husband and I are avid concert goers. We attend concerts nationwide. We have never experienced such unprofessionalism. I will not attend another show at the Arena Theatre. I will also share my experience with everyone I know.\r\n\r\nWe were also told by management to call Ticketmaster for refunds. That's BS! \r\nWe were hustled. We were disrespected. I was disgusted by the service. I felt like the audience was stereotyped. We were treated like criminals. We deserve some type of compensation from the new management/owners. The Arena Theatre use to be my favorite theater in town.

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★☆☆☆☆

Avoid all concerts at the Arena Theatre! My husband and I paid $50/ticket to see Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michelle. We purchased 6 tickets for family and friends, so we wasted $300. Musiq was there, Chrisette was a no show. Musiq Soulchild was great! His set was awesome, but we were there to see Chrisette. She is a new artist and we really enjoy her music. We were told by management (Hector or Victor Hinajosa) that Chrisette was there but left abruptly. We were told she was upset with management so she left. I do not blame her because I was upset with the new management. It was horiffic! We waited in long lines to enter. Everyone had to enter through one entry way because it was the only entry way with metal detectors. That was ridiculous. We were being treated like criminals. What's up with the metal detectors anyway, purchase the hand-held detectors. Know your audience! We were not there to see a heavy metal gothic band. It was a neo-soul concert, a mature professional crowd. Use hand-held devices at every entry way and get us to our damn seats! There were more policemen there than ticket attendants. I have never experienced that at a neo-soul concert. The concert was suppose to start at 8pm. We were not allowed to enter until 9:30pm. Musiq Soulchild started at 10:00. My husband and I are avid concert goers. We attend concerts nationwide. We have never experienced such unprofessionalism. I will not attend another show at the Arena Theatre. I will also share my experience with everyone I know.\r\n\r\nWe were also told by management to call Ticketmaster for refunds. That's BS! \r\nWe were hustled. We were disrespected. I was disgusted by the service. I felt like the audience was stereotyped. We were treated like criminals. We deserve some type of compensation from the new management/owners. The Arena Theatre use to be my favorite theater in town.

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I recently went to a concert at the Arena Theatre, and it was great, but the only problem was the seating--if someone wants to get up, everyone in the row has to stand up! There is no room, and the rows are too close together! The elevation of the seating was awful, i has to lean over (because of someone's head) to see the performer, and i ended up with cramps in my neck and should for one whole week!!!

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★★★★☆

I recently went to a concert at the Arena Theatre, and it was great, but the only problem was the seating--if someone wants to get up, everyone in the row has to stand up! There is no room, and the rows are too close together! The elevation of the seating was awful, i has to lean over (because of someone's head) to see the performer, and i ended up with cramps in my neck and should for one whole week!!!

Pros: Good lighting, Enjoyable atmosphere, spinning stage

Cons: horrible seating, uncomfortable

 

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