The tragic loss of the ACL studios.

As promised, I checked to see if any events were going to be held in the ACL studios in the near future. I couldn’t find any, but according to the ACL FAQ, you are welcome to take a (free!) tour of the studio:

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, the home of Austin City Limits opens its doors each Friday at 10:30 a.m. for tours of the famed soundstage.   Admission is free. Bring a camera and have your picture taken on the stage. The tour schedule varies on holidays, so please call ahead. KLRU is located on the University of Texas campus at the intersection of Dean Keeton and Guadalupe (can this be a link to: http://www.klru.org/about/tours.asp)

Also, on a completely unrelated (but important!) sidenote, I saw Of Montreal play at Fiesta Gardens last night. Though the venue was not very well organized (it took FOREVER to get inside, and the exit was really small so it took a while to get out. . .fire hazard??) the band was TREMENDOUS. Their live show is super visual and fun. If you love to dance, check out Of Montreal immediately, particularly my favorite songs:  “So Begins Our Alabee” and “Wraith Pinned To The Mist and Other Games,” both off of The Sunlandic Twins album.

-Caitlin

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5 Responses to “The tragic loss of the ACL studios.”


  1. 1 Briana C November 15, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Caitlin!
    As plugged in to the Comm school as I am, I had no idea this was going on! I agree with you, it is a shame. When I came on a tour of the comm school back in 2006 when I was trying to decide which university to attend, the ACL studio in CMB was a huge selling point. Huge. I would argue that UT just lost some of its coolness, not necessarily Austin. The “vibe” will be different, i’m sure, but we’re still the love music capital of the world! We here at the university get a little selfish sometimes I think. After all, it is AUSTIN city limits. We were blessed to have it on our campus for as long as we did 🙂 Great reporting girl! And PS: your brother is a mess lol
    -Bri

  2. 2 Kristin November 15, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Wow. What a shame. I still am on the prowl for tickets to one of the tapings. I am a HUGE music fan and ACL fan. It’s been a big reason for me coming to Austin and I’m sorry to hear they’re moving. On the other hand, I’ve never been to the studio and while it’s cool that it is/was on campus, people don’t really go there other than the lucky few because it is so secretive. So, now we’ll all just dream of being lucky in another building. I’m definitely going to have to do a tour next Friday though! Great post.

  3. 3 Michael Toland November 17, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Hi, Caitlin. Thanks for your comments on our upcoming move from CMB studio 6A on campus to the Block 21 complex downtown. It’s great to know the fans are keeping up with the developments. And your reasoning for our move is right on.

    A couple of things to clarify:

    – At present it looks like we won’t be moving until 2011. Ground was broken on the site just this spring, and it’ll be 2 and a half years at least before the building is ready for us. So there’s still plenty of time to visit the studio as it is now.

    – The new theater will be hosting other shows as well as our tapings (which will be only about 20 times a year), so there will, of course, be conflicts. So we’ll still be using 6A from time to time, when the theater isn’t available to us. We’re not abandoning it completely.

    The intimacy question is one that’s been on our minds since this process began. We know how special we’ve got it in the current studio, and we’re still figuring out how best to capture that same vibe in the new room, while at the same time taking advantage of the qualities of a new space. We’re working with sound and theater consultants, as well as the developers, to try to figure it all out. Wish us luck.

    We do intend to recreate the iconic backdrop somehow, so that’s one familiar bit that will carry over.

    We always appreciate the concern of a true fan. Thanks for the blog and keep up the good work.

    Michael Toland
    Manager, National Productions
    KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits

  4. 4 Caitlin W November 17, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Hi Michael, thank you so much for this great information! I’m glad to know that the studio here on campus is still going to be around; it’s definitely one of my favorite spots for shows during SxSW, and just in general. I do wish you luck on the new construction, and I look forward to seeing how you incorporate old and new elements! I’ll always be a fan:)


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