The Arlington Music Hall has a rich history and always been ‘the place to go’ for entertainment. Opening in 1950 as a movie theatre, the feature film ‘Sea Biscuit’ starring Shirley Temple. The movie premier was followed by a memorable on stage performance by a local band ‘The Flying Ranch Hands’ who later became known as ‘The Light Crust Dough Boys’.
Today, our Marquee Sign and a remnant of the original curtain, displayed in the hospitality room, are tributes to the history of this great venue.
In 1994, Johnnie High, a singer, musician, songwriter and businessman purchased the Theatre to relocate the Johnnie High’s Country Music Revue. The Johnnie High’s Country Music Revue was a weekly variety show to showcase local talent; Old and young.
Over the years, Johnnie High’s Country Music Revue opened the door for many famous people such as LeAnn Rimes, Lee Ann Womack, Shoji Tabuchi, Blake Shelton, Gary Morris, Box Car Willie, Wanda Jackson, Kitty Wells, and many others
After 31 years, Johnnie High’s Country Music Revue shuttered. The Music Hall was purchased and renovated in 2009 by Burk Collins, a local developer and country music fan. This acquisition played a significant role to continue the history of the Music Hall – along with the revitalization of Downtown Arlington.
More than $6M of capital was paid to renovate the Music Hall and re-development Center Street, adding popular restaurants such as Babe’s Chicken Dinner House.
The Burk Collins Country Music Revue continued thru 2015 providing a permanent place for the weekly country music show while hosting country music legends from Willie Nelson to Loretta Lynn.
In 2015, a group of local business owners lead by Cary Moon purchased the Arlington Music Hall complex.
Renovations in 2015 and 2018 make the Music Hall a comfortable venue to sit comfortably and enjoy a quality listening experience.
A non-profit 501c3 promotes the concerts, and brings top artist to Arlington year-round. It is our pleasure to welcome you and we hope that you enjoy your live entertainment experience at The Arlington Music Hall.
Over the years, Johnnie High’s Country Music Review at the Arlington Music Hall has launched the careers for many greats including, LeAnn Rimes, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, LeeAnn Womack, Scott Hoying, Shane McAnally, Wanda Jackson, Gary Morris, Box Car Willie and Blake Shelton.
In more recent years, “The Hall” has produced concerts featuring legendary artists such as Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, George Jones, Wynona, The Oak Ridge Boys, Connie Smith, Ronnie Milsap, Graham Nash, BJ Thomas, Charlie Pride and many more.
Today, ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL is the perfect host for a wide range of experiences for all ages – Country, Pop, Rock, Classical, Comedy and Musical Theatre. We’re also the home to SYMPHONY ARLINGTON, performing a series of monthly concerts throughout its annual season.
Constantly searching for both classic artists and rising stars. ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL is quickly becoming one of the most sought out entertainment venues in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex. Watch for regular updates to this site and join us as we continue the proud tradition of quality entertainment in this historical setting.
The Mission of The Arlington Music Hall is to enrich and inspire our community with the power of live music. We believe music has the power to expand positively life-changing experiences through music.
Our Mission is to attract top-rated talent to our community for the enjoyment of all.
Is to strive for artistic excellence and thrives on diversity in genre, in programming, in collaboration, in audiences, and in the musicians themselves. To support and to enrich our community with the presentation of the Public Arts.
Our Core Values
The Arlington Music Hall is committed to creating positively life-changing experiences for everyone within and connected to the organization. Our strategic plan honors those core values as expressed below:
People – We are only as good as our people. We embrace loyalty and will recruit, recognize, and reward talented, performing, and committed people. We are committed to the growth of the team that serves Music for our community.
Passion – People want to be inspired by something they can believe in, something that confers meaning in their lives and in their work. Fueled by our passion, we are committed to achieving excellence.
Integrity – We are committed to a high standard of integrity, a strong ethical framework, and a deep and abiding sense of respect for customers, employees and others with whom we interact. We keep our promises and we deliver on what is promised. We are fair in all our actions and are committed to open and honest communication.
Diversity – Equality is afforded to everyone regardless of his or her unique place in the diversity spectrum to broaden our cultural experience.
Leadership – We lead through positive action. We are committed to serving others for the greater good of our community.