Block 21 is a 300-million-dollar mixed-use development adjacent to the Second Street District of Downtown Austin, Texas. Austin's fifth-tallest building, the W Austin Hotel and Residences and ACL Live at The Moody Theater, the live venue where Austin City Limits is recorded, are located here,[1] as well as 53,000 square feet (4,900 m2) of shops, restaurants and office space.[2] It has been lauded for its eco-friendliness.[3]

Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater (ACL Live)Edit

Moody Theater
Full nameAustin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
Address310 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701-4609
LocationBlock 21, Second Street District, Downtown Austin
OwnerStratus Properties Inc.
OperatorLive Nation
Broke groundOctober 13, 2007 (2007-10-13)
OpenedFebruary 10, 2011 (2011-02-10)
Construction cost$40 million
ArchitectAndersson-Wise Architects
Structural engineerThornton Tomassetti
Services engineerJJA, Inc.
General contractorAustin Building Company

Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater (ACL Live)[4] is the new theater and studio for Austin City Limits, which was completed in February 2011.[5] The Moody Foundation of Galveston granted $2.5 million to KLRU, the largest single gift ever received by the PBS station, to help equip the new home of “Austin City Limits” on Second Street (Willie Nelson Boulevard) downtown with high-definition production equipment. In recognition, the new venue is called ACL Live at The Moody Theater. The new theater/studio holds 2,750 fans, up from the capacity of 320 at its old space north of University of Texas at Austin campus, and hosts an estimated 100 concerts and 100 private events a year, in addition to the “ACL TV” tapings. KLRU gets 45 days a year, rent-free, to produce each season of the longest-running music series in American television history.[6]


  1. ^ March 28, 2013, "Downtown Austin's Block 21 hits the market",Austin Business Journal
  2. ^ "Explore Block 21", W Austin Residences website
  3. ^ "Block 21 building recognized for eco-friendly features", Statesman, March 5, 2012
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  5. ^ Barnes, Michael (9 December 2010). "W Austin Hotel & Residences Sneak Peek". Austin 360 Blogs: Out & About. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  6. ^ Corcoran, Michael (22 October 2009). "New ACL venue to be called Moody Theater". Austin 360 Blogs: Austin Music Scene. Retrieved 25 December 2010.

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