The Wortham Center in Houston, Texas, is the home of the Houston Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera. Its construction began during the oil boom of the 1980s with funding driven by private donors. The estate of the late American General Insurance Company founder Gus Wortham provided the most significant portion of what was used to see that the construction would be finished on time. Eugene Aubry of Morris Aubry Architects designed the center, which houses two theaters. The Alice and George Brown Theatre is the largest one at 17,000 square feet. It can accommodate 2,405 patrons. The theater is mostly used for performances by its tenants, the Houston Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera. The Lillie and Roy Cullen Theatre is the other theater in the Center. It is capable of accommodating 1,100 patrons and is mostly used for small opera performances and ballet productions. The Wortham Center is also known for staging the musical The Knee Plays, which was written by singer-songwriter David Byrne of The Talking Heads. StubHub is your ticket source for all Wortham Center events.
Where can I park my car?
The Theater District Parking Garage offers parking for patrons going to any Wortham Center event. The parking garage is composed of 18 underground blocks and has 3,369 parking spots. It can be accessed through eight spots in the city's Theater District. Capital at Louisiana, Prairie at Smith and Texas at Bagby are some of the parking facility's entry points.
Is drinking allowed inside the theater?
Whether you can bring a beverage inside any of the two theaters varies depending on the event. However, beverages are prohibited inside the theaters during performances by the Houston Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera. If you're uncertain whether you can bring a drink inside or not, you can approach an usher to ask for assistance.
Can you tell me about the food and beverage options at the Wortham Center?
There are several concessionaires in the Center's lobby that offer a wide variety of food and beverage options before an event or during intermission. If you wish to pre-order your food and beverages for the intermission, you'll need to secure and fill out a form available at Encore CafŽ and other concessionaires.
What services does the Wortham Center offer to patrons with disabilities?
The Wortham Center offers a wide range of services for people with disabilities. For guests with hearing impairments, the Center offers hearing-assistance devices. These devices can be obtained by asking ushers for assistance. Patrons who need wheelchair-friendly seating can ask to be seated in an area of the theater reserved for people in wheelchairs. These seats come with companion seating.
Can I take photos or videos while an event is ongoing?
Generally, no. Bringing and using cameras and video recording devices is not allowed during performances of the Houston Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera. However, there are other events held in the Wortham Center that may permit the use of amateur camera and video cameras while a performance is ongoing.Back to Top
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