Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio

#12 of 53 in Nightlife in San Antonio
Performance · Concert / Show
Our Goals:

-Create a 'world-class' permanent home to major performing arts organizations of San Antonio.

-Create premiere smaller venue(s) to support the quality, accessibility, and visibility of other emerging arts organizations in the region.

-Promulgate arts education.

-Integrate the Center into the cultural life of San Antonio, Bexar County, and all of South Texas.
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  • There is no “bad” seat in this center. Comfortable, clean, and the show we saw was a fabulous one night production of An American in Paris.  more »
  • I was here for a rock concert and met the head of security (Jose). Not only did he tell us it was ok to vape tobacco but he also said it was cool to smoke herb as long as we were on the floor...  more »
  • A much more impressive venue than the old municipal auditorium. I have now gone here to see ballet, here Opera, hear choral performances, and see the symphony. Every time it has been a pleasant experience. Concessions are as overpriced as you would expect, but they are varied enough should you require them. Staff is friendly and helpful, facilities are gorgeous, acoustics in the main HEB performance Hall are great. I highly recommend shows here
  • The Tobin and Carlos Alvarez are awesome venues. I've had seats all over, and never had a bad view. The staff (almost all volunteer, at least at performances) is very accommodating. The range of performers/acts means there is something for anyone. Below picture on the left is from the balcony (you can see over railing). Below picture on the right is from right orchestra, row Y. Edit: I attended a vaudeville performance at the Carlos Alvarez last week, which was essentially a variety show, with each act lasting a few minutes (a song). While the Alvarez is usually general admission, this show had assigned seats. For reasons I can't figure out, the ushers showed late comers to their seats in the middle of the acts, rather than waiting for a break! Where I was sitting (row 2), they walked back and forth in front of me numerous times. It's not enough to make me downgrade my overall rating yet, but another similar episode will. Also, and this isn't the Alvarez's fault, but audience members would also leave in the middle of acts. I have never seen such a rude audience. Unless they thought it was okay because the ushers were doing the same?

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