Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater

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310 W Willie Nelson Blvd #1B


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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


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Odds are your favorite band has played at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater (also known as ACL Live). The venue provides the home for taping the Austin City Limits television series, which holds the title of the longest running music series in American television history. The three levels that divide up the small theater seat a total of more than 2,700 people. The balcony level houses the Jack & Jim Gallery, which showcases the portfolio of Jim Marshall, an infamous photographer with a passion for music.

Music buffs praise the acoustics at ACL Live, claiming that there is not a bad seat in the house. The lower level offers general admission space and reserved seats, while the two higher levels house only reserved seats. Ticket prices vary greatly, as do the length of shows, so anyone interested in catching a performance should check out the theater’s website. The theater sits near the Colorado River, and bus Nos. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 19, 20 and 30 all stop within walking distance of the venue. Limited valet parking is available at the W Austin hotel on a first-come, first-served basis, while a variety of additional parking options are also nearby.

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