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Hidden Houston: The Theater District

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Wortham Center - Houston Grand Opera

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(HOUSTON) — This week’s featured attraction on Hidden Houston is a 17-block area of downtown, known as the Theater District.

The entertainment center for downtown is well known for bringing nationally  known productions to the stage and screen.   But one thing about the Theater District that you may not realize is that it is home to nine performing arts organizations, including permanent professional resident companies in all the major performing arts disciplines.

The Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Symphony, the Ballet and the Alley Theater.

Venues include the Wortham Theater Center, Hobby Center, Jones Hall, Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater)  and the Sundance Theater.

When it comes to live performances, Houston’s Theater District has close to 13,000 seats plus an additional 1,580 movie seats, putting the city second in the U.S. for the number of theater seats in a concentrated downtown area.

Check out the complete “Hidden Houston” list below, and please let us know if you would like to add something to the list.  You can do that by calling our NEWS 92 FM Talkback Line at 832-848-0092.


“Hidden Houston” List
(Thanks to dozens of Facebook followers who let us know their favorite spots!)

  1. Last Concert Café
  2. Houston Area Live Steamers in Hockley
  3. James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace at Rice University
  4. The Theater District
  5. Market Square Park
  6. Buffalo Bayou by boat, bike or kayak
  7. Space Center Houston
  8. The Orange Show
  9. The Beer Can House
  10. Mt. Rush Hour,  The Beatles Statues – Artwork by David Addickes
  11. Lakewood Church, the largest church in America;
  12. The Printing Museum
  13. Alley Theatre
  14. La Carafe, the oldest bar in Houston.
  15. Warren’s on Market Square, the place to go for a real martini.
  16. Ghost tours downtown & the Heights
  17. Gerald D. Hines Water Wall Park
  18. Japanese Gardens of Hermann Park (you’ll swear your’e in Japan)
  19. San Jacinto Monument
  20. Battleship Texas
  21. Sea wolf Park
  22. Museum of Fine Arts
  23. The Original Greek Fest in Montrose. OPA!
  24. Minute Maid Park – Astros game.
  25. Pappa’s restaurants
  26. Goode Co. Seafood or BBQ
  27. The Rodeo
  28. Dinner at the Original Ninfa’s
  29. Kemah Boardwalk
  30. St. Arnold Brewing
  31. Tour the Hogg family’s house
  32. The Houston Zoo
  33. Texas prison museum and old sparky in Huntsville
  34. Cemetery tours Glenwood Cemetery where Howard Hughes is buried.
  35. The Galleria
  36. Tour Rice’s campus
  37. The Houston Ballet
  38. Shipley Donuts north Main @ 45 about 4am .. regular glazed fresh from the fryer
  39. The Wortham theater, HGO-Houston Grand Opera performance,
  40. Lancaster Hotel at Christmas time
  41. Buffalo Soldier Museum
  42. Herman Park Golf course
  43. Mexican food at the Don-key (be sure to order the “QUESO A LA PARILLA”, I think they still make it at the table?),
  44. Vietnamese food at Kim-Son,
  45. Stomping Divots at the Houston Polo Club!
  46. Catch a show at the Mucky Duck
  47. Go to Club Numbers
  48. Traders Village
  49. The Tunnels in downtown
  50. The Undertaker Challenge at the CajunStop
  51. Gardens of Bayou Bend
  52. Strand in Galveston
  53. The Astrodome
  54. Historic Celestial Suites on the top floor of the Crowne Plaza across from the astrodome.. Formerly the Astroworld hotel.
  55. Art Car parade
  56. Boat Tour of the ship channel
  57. Tour University of Houston and the new U of H stadium
  58. Chinatown
  59. Discovery Green
  60. Sacred Heart Cathedral
  61. River Oaks
  62. Rainbow Lodge
  63. Morton’s
  64. Tony’s
  65. Hong Kong Market
  66. Museum of Natural Science
  67. George Ranch Historical Park
  68. Ruggles Green
  69. the Police Memorial
  70. Goode Co. Taquaria. Beef fajitas!
  71. a metro rail ride from the Belfort stop… downtown and back
  72. Comicpalooza!
  73. Skate around downtown with the Urban Animals.
  74. Ice Skating in Discovery Green during the holidays.
  75. Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at Griff’s or The Mucky Duck.
  76. Watch The Battle of the Bands during halftime of a TSU v PVAMU football game.
  77. Watch a performance of The MOB during halftime of a Rice football game, especially if the opponent is either Texas or a&m.
  78. The Funeral museum
  79. Spindletop (rotating restaurant in Hyatt Downtown)
  80. Holocaust Museum
  81. Bike through town with Critical Mass
  82. Do the Rice U Undies Run (AKA Hot Undies Run)
  83. White Linen Night in the Heights
  84. Rocket Park – NASA
  85. Texans Training Camp
  86. Hermann Park train

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