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Date Opened 1990
Venue Capacity 16,040
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Venue Address 2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, Texas 77380

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George P. Mitchell, former chairman of Mitchell Energy & Development Corp. and founder of The Woodlands, along with his wife Cynthia Woods Mitchell, for whom The Pavilion is named, dreamed of creating a first-class performing arts facility for The Woodlands since the community's inception in 1974. They envisioned such a facility as a venue for performing arts events as well as popular music.

The dream became a reality when The Pavilion opened with a star-studded gala weekend in April 1990. Since then, it has earned praise from both artists and audiences. The Pavilion presents approximately 75 events every March through November; events ranging in style from rock to classical, jazz to country, and modern opera to contemporary American ballet.

In 1992, thanks to a generous gift from Cynthia and George Mitchell to the Houston Symphony's endowment fund, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion became the official Summer Home of the Houston Symphony. As a result, The Pavilion presents a series of performances featuring the symphony every season.

Past performers at The Pavilion have included Houston's own internationally acclaimed performing arts organizations - the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera - as well as popular touring artists such as Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, Van Halen, Tina Turner, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Britney Spears, Clint Black and Cher, among others.

Following an extensive facility expansion in 2000-01, The Pavilion accommodates up to 16,550 guests. Beneath its soaring white fabric roof is covered reserved seating for 3,000. There is room for 1,900 guests in the uncovered reserved area and nearly 12,000 on the hillside lawn.

In 2008, The Pavilion was severely damaged by Hurricane Ike that moved over in the early morning hours of September 13th. All concerts for the remainder of the 2008 season were cancelled due to extensive damage to the facility. During the height of the storm, 80-90 mph sustained winds shredded the awnings and bent the steel support structure beyond repair. The stage was also damaged during the hurricane.

Consistently ranked as one of the best outdoor amphitheaters in the U.S., the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Woodlands, Texas suffered extensive damage when Hurricane Ike hit the Gulf Coast in September, 2008. Now, after a $9.5 million renovation project funded largely by charitable donations, the 16,040-capacity venue is back at the top of its game, equipped with a brand-new Electro-Voice sound system designed and installed by LD Systems of Houston, Texas.

A concert by the Dave Matthews Band on May 1 marked the official reopening of the Pavilion, followed on May 3 by a capacity crowd for country superstar Kenny Chesney. Over the course of the summer, the venue will host shows by some of the biggest names in music, including Coldplay, No Doubt, Rod Stewart, Three Doors Down, Depeche Mode, Kid Rock, Chicago, Motley Crue, and Def Leppard. Celebrating its 20th season this year, the Pavilion is also a major venue for classical musical performances.

The new-look Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion features many new post-Ike perks, including an expanded roof and almost 4,000 additional covered seats, but it is the sound system covering the outdoor lawn area beyond the amphitheater's Teflon roof that's causing the biggest stir. The lawn can accommodate over 11,500 guests.

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