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Address: 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, IA
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Not Great Accoustics but Good Entertainment

I'm seen some really good bands here and prices are fairly reasonable. Place isn't the best looking inside and the acoustics are bad, but Val Air breaks in entertainment that... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 July 2016
Glenn P
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Ostrava, Czech Republic
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

I went there for a concert. But I would not go there again. The acoustics were terrible. Missing the concert would have been a better use of my time and money.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

I'm seen some really good bands here and prices are fairly reasonable. Place isn't the best looking inside and the acoustics are bad, but Val Air breaks in entertainment that probably wouldn't show up in the area otherwise (before 7 Flags and Woolys anyway) I would attend a concert again knowing the acoustics, sticky floor and smell can be a... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

The wedding reception was beautiful. Lots of family and friends! Very big place for a small reception. Food was good, it should be it was made by my sister! The atmosphere was very nostalgic but there were a ton of STAIRS everywhere!!!! Not good for elderly and drunk people. The staff at the bar were great! Prices a bit high!... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

Smells of damp carpet, spilled beer and the smell of tobacco ground into the very soul of the place. Reminds me of a 1950s rock and roll music hall...wow !

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

I've been to a few music venues, if popular it's packed, but a great place for bands. Always fun, drinks food. Wedding receptions a great place to hold a party. Don't drink and drive though, west Des Moines police are watchful as they should be.

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Thank Ezfill
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2015

This classic 50's ballroom is a great venue for musicians we have seen such as Lindsay Buckingham, Little River Band, Tower of Power, Lucinda Williams. A Des Moines tradition.

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Monument, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

Val Air Ballroom dates back to 1939. It has (thankfully) been updated multiple times over the years. Electrical and plumbing all work. Seating and visibility for the shows is appropriate. Staff know their jobs, but nothing stellar in their performance. The entertainment that has been provided there over the years satisfy the interests of many (not all). Parking is satisfactory.... More 

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Chicago, IL
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013

I did not like that it was a huge ballroom. It felt very much like a scene from a high school dance in an eighty's movie. The sound was a little goofy and the place looked empty in spite of probably 500 attendees.

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Algona, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

Good venue for concert. Beverages were expensive! Parking seemed limited, but more parking across the street.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

The Val Air Ballroom has been around for years and years. An old structure thats withheld the hands of time still holds concerts and various musicians have entertained within these walls. Not a huge hall and the ventilation system needs to be revamped for large crowds. A fun atmosphere and the locals who organize the shows do a really good... More 

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