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Best Historic Venues in Philadelphia

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Academy of Music

This has been the jewel of the Philadelphia culture scene since it opened in 1857. The simple brick Federalist exterior opens into an ornate interior—art deco lamps, velvet cushions, and possibly the largest chandelier on the East Coast. The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the opera and the occasional pop show have performed at the academy. There is some criticism about the acoustics and sight lines, but none of this matters. This is where the big shows are.

Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Forrest Theatre

Modern classic titles such as "Cats," "Beauty and the Beast," and "A Chorus Line" commonly grace the marquee of the Forrest Theater. When these critically acclaimed, American staples of the theater world hit the road; the Forrest Theater is always the first stop. 1800 patrons can enjoy the performances in plush, comfortable seats. Be sure to make a stop at one of the excellent restaurants in the Walnut Street district before taking in a show.

Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Trocadero Theatre

Some nights Bob Dylan plays here, some nights there's reggae, and a lot of nights there are very loud bands playing to young audiences. Some of these acts, such as Southern Culture on the Skids, are well known from college radio. This former burlesque theater holds 1,000. Upstairs, the Balcony room has a separate music schedule, usually starting late, after the show in the main room is done. Admission varies according to performance.

Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Walnut Street Theatre

Well known as one of the worlds most prolific theater companies, the Walnut features many of Broadway's top dramas, musicals, and comedies. Each season from September through June, the Main stage and two Studio theaters offer classic and contemporary performances. Established in 1809, the Walnut Street theater is a National Historic Landmark. Season subscriptions to the main stage available. Headphones may be rented for hearing assistance on main stage shows.

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