Theater in Philadelphia
Whether you enjoy full-fledged big time productions, or small, community based theater, our city offers some of the finest performing arts this side of Broadway - and great options abound not far from our hotel in Center City, Philadelphia.
In fact, Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia is a leisurely walk from the Avenue of the Arts, the location for many of the city's largest theaters. The concept for the Avenue of the Arts originated from former mayor Ed Rendell's desire to redevelop the South Broad Street area of Center City. Today, the Avenue of the Arts is home to many of Philadelphia's cultural institutions.
Book tickets for big Broadway productions at Hershey Theater and Merriam Theater, reserve your seat for big name concerts at the Wells Fargo Center, or enjoy family shows playing at the Academy of Music. Whatever your taste in theater, music, or the creative arts, the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia is standing backstage to show you where to find the spotlight.
If you love the arts, be sure our packages that cater to culture: The "With Arts" Package which includes tickets to The Franklin Institute and Barnes Museum. Or, our Kimmel Center Package offering complimentary overnight valet parking.
Local Philadelphia theater venues include:
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
The $265 million glass-enclosed facility on the Avenue of the Arts is home to Verizon Hall (2,500-seat concert hall); Perelman Theater (650-seat recital theater); and Innovation Studio (2,688 square foot black box theater). Also residing at the Center includes the renovated and upgraded Academy of Music (2,900 seats) which is owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Merriam Theater (1,841 seats) which is owned by the University of the Arts and offers student activities and projects approximately 10 weeks a year.
The Academy of Music
A concert hall and opera house located at Broad and Locust Streets. It was built in 1857 and is the oldest opera house in the United States that is still used for its original purpose. Known as the "Grand Old Lady of Broad Street," the venue is the home of the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. The Academy was home to the Philadelphia Orchestra from its inception in 1900 until 2001 when the orchestra moved to the new Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
Arden Theater Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers – on the stage, in the classroom and in the community. The Arden Theater Company is a full-service professional regional theater, offering the highest quality theatrical and educational productions and programs to the artists, audiences and students of the greater Philadelphia region.
Built in 1927 by the Shubert Organization, the Forrest has played host to hundreds of theatrical productions over the years, including Broadway musicals, comedies, dramas, Yiddish theater, dance programs, Gilbert & Sullivan productions, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Walnut Street Theater
Standing at the corner of Ninth and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia for two hundred years, Walnut Street Theater's National Historic Landmark structure has housed two centuries' worth of American popular entertainment. This is the oldest theater in the U.S. and has been staging performances since 1809.
Prince Music Theater
Since its founding in 1984, as the American Music Theater Festival, their mission has been to nurture and develop the unique American art form of music theater of the highest artistic caliber over a wide aesthetic range. Since 1999, the Prince Music Theater has sparkled as a state-of-the-art theater, located at Broad & Chestnut in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, offering live performance and film events in two performance spaces
The Trocadero Theater
The Trocadero Theater, opened as the Arch Street Opera House in 1870, is a historic theater, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over the years, it has offered musical comedies, vaudeville and burlesque.
Wells Fargo Center
This is a multi-purpose indoor arena located and is the home of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League, and the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. The facility also stages big time concerts throughout the year.
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