The Grand Lobby
The Green Room
Food and Beverages
The Grand Lobby
The Impressive Lobby of Jones Hall provides a unique and memorable setting for many types of functions. Sixty-six foot high ceilings, scarlet carpet, teak wood and travertine marble walls surrounded by the tri-leveled tiered lobby terraces become an event planners delight in imaginative staging and decor. Built-in lobby bars and refreshment areas can help accommodate receptions for up to 2200 people. Banquet seating can be planned for 500.
A radiant sculpture by prominent American sculptor Richard Lippold dominates the Grand Lobby. The work, Gemini II, was commissioned by Houston Endowment from an artist whose sensitivity to space was well known. Lippold studied the scheme of the building and noticed that two related but un-touching elements appear first in the smallest details of the design. He saw with the building "a constant opening of space between the curving, sympathetic elements." The sculpture is composed of several thousand flights of polished hexagonal aluminum rods and is suspended on a system of golden piano wires.
The brilliant advance planning by the building architects offers unparalleled versatility in the concert hall. Continental seating coupled with side entrances enables the auditorium to literally shrink or expand from 2300 to 2900 seats. Overhead, 800 hexagons create a moveable marvel that can be raised or lowered to alter the rooms capacity or sound characteristics. The ambience of the hall with its vibrant red velvet seating, golden teak walls and sweeping loge that seems to reach for the stage enhances any production.
The Green Room
Each theater has one and Jones Hall is no exception. Located just off the orchestra lobby floor, the Green Room is elegantly furnished complimented by a mural of clouds on the ceiling, birch wood for the walls, opposing mirrors and green marble flooring. A bar is offset to the corner providing discreet access for the wait staff. Capacity is 49 for receptions.
Over the years, thousands of patrons have enjoyed performances by the Symphony, Society for the Performing Arts, Ballet and Opera on the stage of Jones Hall. Event planners have also found the stage to provide an ideal setting for their own brand of creative productions. On multiple occasions, the stage has been transformed into a magical backdrop for banquets, dinner dances, receptions, cabaret performances and business meetings. Capacity caries upon function needs but as many as 500 have dined and danced on the hall's stage. The stage offers practically limitless flexibility for a variety of performances and activities. Soaring 85 feet to the grid, the stage area is 120 feet wide and 55 feet deep. Deeper stage effects can be obtained by raising the orchestra pit.The proscenium opening is 31 feet tall and 60 feet wide and this may be brought down to smaller sizes. Additional typical theater requirements are nearby- dressing rooms, loading docks, freight elevator and lighting equipment.
The following accommodations are available for the comfort and convenience of patrons:
- Reserved disabled parking spaces in the Theater District Parking Garage on the green level near the Jones Hall tunnel entrance, with a stair-free route to the main elevator located on the courtyard level.
- Three accessible door locations.
- Near the elevator are modified restrooms and a wheelchair-accessible water fountain.
- Wheelchair curb ramps are located on Capitol Street and Texas Avenue.
- Wheelchair and companion seating in two locations in the auditorium. Request these seats when ordering tickets.
- FM headsets and loops for the hearing impaired are available in the lobby at no charge for each performance. Please ask an usher for assistance.
- TTY telephones. The TTY number is 713.250.4844.
Cameras, cellular phones, recording and paging devices, alarms on watches, and food and beverages are prohibited in Jones Hall. Taking photographs during a performance may violate performers' contracts and could result in their injury.
In order to find you quickly in an emergency, leave your seat location with your care-givers. The caller must provide your name and seat location (door, row and seat) so that an usher can notify you of the call. The emergency phone number is 713.238.2384.
The lobby doors are opened one hour before Houston Symphony and Broadway Series performances and 90 minutes before Society for the Performing Arts events. Street-level entrances provide access to the main lobby from Louisiana Street and the side entrance on Texas Avenue. The courtyard entrance is accessible through the tunnel from the Theater District Parking garage. The theater is generally opened 30 minutes before curtain.
Food and Beverages
A variety of food and beverages are available in the lobby before performances and during intermission. Food and beverages are not permitted inside the theater.
Every effort is made to begin performances on time. Late seating is allowed only at designated intervals. For those awaiting late seating, the performance may be viewed on monitors in the lobby.
A City of Houston ordinance forbids smoking in public buildings, including Jones Hall.
Tours of Jones Hall may be arranged by calling the facility's administrative offices at 832-487-7050.