Academy of Music

Academy of Music

Opera House, Theater, and Performing Arts Venue
Avenue of the Arts South, Philadelphia
  • Stefanie R.
    "Went to see the nutcracker here."(2 Tips)
    Bob K.
    "Fabulous shows and beautiful historic venue."(3 Tips)
    Ursula-Nicole M.
    "Perfect venue for Phantom."(2 Tips)
    Zumunda 1.
    "afraid to change seats during intermission..."(2 Tips)
44 Tips and reviews
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  • phantom
  • historic
  • dancing
  • music
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  • Ron B.
    Ron BrowmMarch 30
    Nice old theater, but the sound very good.
  • Joia W.
    Joia WilliamsJune 2, 2017
    Beautiful theater for plays and major events (e.g., graduations, dance recitals, etc.).
  • Maureen M.
    Maureen McGarryDecember 7, 2016
    Needs a serious renovation. At least the seats.
  • Bob K.
    Bob KMarch 25, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Fabulous shows and beautiful historic venue. Painful cramped seating.
  • Larisa G.
    Larisa GrollemondDecember 26, 2015
    Orchestra seats are the best in the house, also try the center areas in the balcony and family circle.
  • Mike A.
    Mike A.December 15, 2015
    Enjoyed the Nutcracker with Cole,
  • Kristerpher H.
    Kristerpher HendersonDecember 9, 2015
    The Pennsylvania Ballet performs here. The theater itself is nostalgic and an intimate atmosphere.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonMarch 11, 2015
    This is the oldest opera house in the US, and home of the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. It's been in use since 1857 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962
  • Ursula-Nicole M.
    Perfect venue for Phantom. So much history.
  • Will K.
    Will KeechMarch 24, 2014
    Saw the phantom of the opera....WOW
  • Kandis K.
    Kandis KovalskyJanuary 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Nothing quite like the Academy. Gorgeous inside. Much better than any of the other venues, such as the Forrest and Walnut Theatres. Everyone needs to see a show here at least once!
  • Faisal (.
    Faisal (Dayel)January 20, 2014
    Amazing show
  • Zumunda 1.
    Zumunda 1December 30, 2013
    Don't be afraid to change seats during intermission... Ticket office folks are very friendly as well
  • Little Black D.
    Obviously, parquet seating is best. Unfortunately, the theater (as beautiful as it is) is full of columns that will block your view 😢
  • Tracy R.
    Tracy RicciJuly 25, 2013
    Wicked!!!!! Amazing show!!
  • Lisa
    LisaJuly 22, 2013
    Wicked was spectacular and the theater is great! More ladies rooms are needed!
  • Lisa
    LisaJuly 21, 2013
    Wicked awesome!
  • Susan B.
    Susan BancroftApril 7, 2013
    SISTER ACT was fabulous!
  • Jo G.
    Jo GApril 2, 2013
    Gorgeous theater
  • Tim G.
    Tim G.January 10, 2013
    Small seats for big guys!
  • William
    WilliamJanuary 6, 2013
    Buy tickets at the Box Office and avoid the 20 dollar per ticket fee
  • Stefanie R.
    Stefanie RecuperoDecember 21, 2012
    Went to see the nutcracker here. Sat on the side of the family circle. Seats were horrendous. We only saw the shadows of the performers. Stay away from these seats!
  • Reinhold Residential
    Reinhold ResidentialSeptember 27, 2012
    Constructed in 1857 and known as the “Grand Old Lady” of Broad Street, this historic arts site is home to the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
  • Republican National Convention
    The fifth Republican National convention, which unanimously nominated incumbent President Ulysses S. Grant, was held June 5–6, 1872 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
  • Terry M.
    Yanni live
  • Bob K.
    Bob KMay 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Peter Pan with Pennsylvania Ballet w/Lily, Julie, Dale
  • Little Baby's I.
    Go around the block to Exlir Coffee for a double shot of espresso during intermission!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Pam G.
    Pam GrahamMarch 23, 2012
    FELA! was amazing! Then across the street to Varalli and Perch Pub. Great night!
  • Richard G.
    Richard GrahamMarch 22, 2012
    Broadway Musical FELA. Try "Varalli" across the street before going in.
  • Euronn M.
    Euronn McCloud-ArmstrongMarch 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to work
  • Nadine B.
    Nadine BonnerFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try not to get stuck behind a pillar
  • Jeff T.
    Jeff TincherDecember 27, 2011
    Wow!! Now that is a GIN and tonic. Whoa!
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyDecember 14, 2011
    Every year on the day after Labor Day, the 1857 five-ton chandelier drifts slowly down from 90 ft in the air to float above the audience’s seats. For the next 4 days, it is carefully cleaned.
  • Bob K.
    Bob KNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Seeing Billy Elliot!
  • Chris F.
    Chris FosterNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bars are cash-only!
  • Chris F.
    Chris FosterNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Tip your bartender!
  • Tyler A.
    Tyler AgerSeptember 30, 2011
    Surgery?! In an opera?! How wonderfully decadent!
  • Elise L.
    Elise LykinsApril 10, 2011
    Step in time! Step in time!
  • Frank S.
    Frank ShortMarch 13, 2011
    The obstructed-view seats aren't so bad if you need a last-minute ticket.
  • Celeste
    CelesteFebruary 5, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Romeo& Juliet is going to be Fabulous!!!!!
  • Concierge
    ConciergeJanuary 5, 2011
    Want to get a closer look? They now offer free tours of the Academy. Ask the Kimmel center box office for more info
  • Maya C.
    Maya ChikiraDecember 6, 2010
    There is another wash rooms and drink bar downstairs which seem less crowded.
  • Rich C.
    Rich CardonaOctober 24, 2010
    Go to the ballet! How magnificent to watch beautiful human bodies move gracefully across creative backdrops to music that reverberates the soul in a world class and historic theater!
  • Lisette G.
    Lisette GonzalezJanuary 6, 2013
    Les Miserables
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