713 Music Hall, formerly The Terminal, is a 5,000-seat concert hall located at POST Houston in the former Barbara Jordan Post Office in downtown Houston.
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Houston’s new downtown concert hall is slated to open later this year. But it’s already undergoing a major change.
The terminal is now known as 713 Music Room, a concert hall with a capacity of 5,000 people. It is slated to open in November at POST Houston, the mixed-use complex of the former Barbara Jordan Post Office in downtown Houston.
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The opening schedule of the shows will be announced “in the coming days”, according to a statement. 713 Music Hall is currently hiring staff for its grand opening season and plans to host 100 annual events. Last month, Live Nation announced that Australian dance-pop trio Rufus du Sol will perform “401 Franklin Street – Houston, TX”, the location’s address, on November 18.
Live Nation announced plans in May for the venue. Development was not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as the city of Houston viewed construction as an essential activity.
713 Music Hall was designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, run by its partner Jason Long. Despite the capacity, greater than that of the nearby Bayou Music Center and less than the Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land, it will feel like a small club. All the aisles of the balconies and walkways have been designed at angles so that the performer on stage only sees a sea of people.
The upstairs will be a general admission space, and above will be seated balconies known as the Third Tribune. The venue will combine fiberglass grating, polycarbonate and aluminized fabric with a range of multi-colored lighting effects.
The site was the venue for the Houston Day for Night Music and Art Festival in 2016 and 2017.
The increase in COVID-19 cases may affect the timing. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on Thursday returned the county to the highest COVID-19 threat level and urged unvaccinated residents to stay at home and avoid unnecessary contact with others.