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The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Woodlands’ Landmarks: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

More than three decades ago, the good folks of the Houston Symphony thought it was a good idea to approach George P. Mitchell. In an act that an observer today may consider as one of fortuitous foresight, they asked him if it was possible for their group to have something in the lines of a summer venue in The Woodlands.  Unfortunately, the idea was not implemented as soon as it was considered. Circumstances impacted the economy of the region, either causing delays or utterly halting large-scale projects at the time.

However, George and Cynthia Mitchell did not give up on the idea, especially since it was also their own dream to have a top-of-the-line facility dedicated to performing arts for The Woodlands. Things started to look up at the close of the 1980’s, and in late April 1990, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion opened its doors to the public. If you ask some of The Woodlands’ long-time residents about that opening weekend, they’re bound to tell you how they were treated to the harmonies of the Houston Symphony, followed by hits sung by the legendary Frank Sinatra himself.

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The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (or, just ‘The Pavilion’ for Woodlanders) has gone through many enhancements through the years, but it never deviated from its style as a premiere outdoor, open-air venue. The Pavilion was designed to host a wide variety of performances, ranging from classical jazz quartets to dynamic rock bands.

After 30 years, The Pavilion continues to maintain its reputation of excellence, in 2010 being recognized as the Number 2 best-attended and busiest amphitheater – not in the country, but in the world (!). The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is a landmark that contributes significantly to putting The Woodlands on the map.

The Houston Symphony continues to grace this venue up until today. You can learn more about their events and other upcoming concerts on their website: