Philadelphia Theatre

Philadelphia theater guide

Philadelphia Theatre
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Arden Theatre Company

40 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia PA 19106; Tel. 215.922.1122
A mainstage and children's theater, the Arden Theatre is especially noted for excellent children's theater productions and drama workshops for kids. Of historical interest, the black box Arden Theater Company is located on the original site of Benjamin Frankin's famous bookstore.

Forrest Theater

1114 Walnut St., Philadelphia PA
Named after the late Philadelphia-born actor Edwin Forrest (1806-1802), the Forrest Theater showcases Broadway plays and musicals and has been a popular "roadhouse" theater since first opening in 1927. Lush art deco interiors and spacious seating complete the Forrest Theater experience.

Freedom Theater

1346 N. Broad St., Philadelphia PA 19121; Tel. 215.765.2793
Located on Phialdelphia's Avenue of the Arts, the Freedom Theater is Pennsylvania's oldest African American theater, as well as the nation's largest. The Theater's Freedom Rep company is world-class and the state-of-the-art Philadelphia theater is deeply rooted in the African American tradition.

Merriam Philadelphia Theater

250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia PA; Tel. 215.732.5446
The Philadelphia Avenue of the Arts theater for Broadway plays and musicals, the Merriam Theater has hosted some of the art form's top performers and directors since first opening in 1918. The Merriam's near 2,000-seat theater is also the official home of the Philadelphia Ballet.

Philadelphia Theater Company

1714 Delancey St., Philadelphia PA 19103; Tel. 215.985.1400
Voted the best 2003 theater company in Philadelphia by Philadelphia Magazine and winner of three Barrymore Awards (the Philadelphia equivalent of New York's Tony Awards), the Philadelphia Theater company pairs regional talent with Tony-award winning actors and directors. Many of the Philadelphia Theater Company's premieres go on to play at theaters in New York and Chicago.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

260 S. Broad St., Philadelphia PA 19102; Tel. 215.893.1999
A new millennium theater, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts features two theaters under one 150-foot vaulted glass ceiling. Other highlights of the Kimmel Center include a garden with views of the Philadelphia skyline, a Commonwealth Plaza with a lobby stage where local artists perform for free and a small, experimental theater space.

The Prince Music Theater

1412 Chestnut St., Philadelphia PA
The Prince Music Theater is the new Philadelphia home for the American Music Theater Festival. Located just off the Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia's Prince Theater is a state-of-the-art Philadelphia theater for musicals, complete with a full orchestra pit and exceptional acoustics.

Walnut Street Theatre

825 Walnut St., Philadelphia PA 19107; Tel. 215.574.3550
Originally opened as an equestrian circus in 1809, Philadelphia's historic Walnut Street Theater is America's oldest theater. Over the past 190 years, the Walnut Street Theater has added several more intimate theater spaces while preserving the theater's original hemp and sandbag flysystem. Located in what is now Philadelphia's Center City, Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theater is one of the most subscribed theater companies in the world. The Walnut Street Theater's Barrymore Cafˇ, located in the lower lobby, has a full bar and an appetizer menu for easy pre-play snacks.

Wilma Theater

265 S. Broad St., Philadelphia PA 19107; Tel. 215.546.7824
Named after the fictitious feminine persona of William Shakespeare, Wilma Theater is a modern, state-of-the-art playhouse on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts. Presenting local artists and original plays by insurgent writers, Philadelphia's Wilma Theater (artistically directed by two Eastern European thespians with trans-Atlantic experience in the theater arts) is a poignant Philadelphia theater for contemporary plays probing universal themes.