Theatre of the Living Arts

Theatre of the Living Arts

Concert Hall, Rock Club, and Music Venue
Center City East, Philadelphia
  • Don't forget it is Memorial Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • Dan F.
    "Great venue for smaller, intimate shows."(4 Tips)
    Lucas L.
    "$7 PBR (go to the El for $2) and a $4 ATM surcharge."(2 Tips)
    Zita J.
    "Atm surcharge is cray, draw out cash before getting here"(2 Tips)
    Sean D.
    "$7 PBR or Miller Highlife Pounders"(2 Tips)
78 Tips and reviews
  • concerts
  • intimate
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  • scenic views
  • free happy hour
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  • Katelyn I.
    Katelyn InmanMarch 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this venue! Perfect size and draws a wide variety of talent. Tip: drink next door bc this place is crazy expensive, grab cash before you get there, and go for barstool overlooking the stage!
  • TixBangBoom
    TixBangBoomMarch 1, 2012
    Create everlasting memories! One of the best venues to attend. Cozy and right in the heart of South Street, the TLA is a great spot for a great night out in Philadelphia. Check out the lineup!
  • Christina B.
    Christina BOctober 27, 2016
    Beautiful atmosphere and stage. Perfect for lesser known musicians and for smaller tours. Cheap/decently priced tickets, large enough space for a big audience despite being a smaller venue than most.
  • Rick V.
    Rick VNovember 4, 2011
    The venue's floor is sloped, so if you tend to be the shorter stock in the crowd, position yourself by the balcony pillars in the back. You get an unparalleled view, second only to the balcony. ;o)
  • Nicole
    NicoleJune 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    $4 water bottles. Aside from the outrageous water price I love this place! I can always get up close and personal with my favorite bands
  • Jay G.
    Jay GaoOctober 13, 2016
    Had a great time seeing Lights and The Mowgli's here last year. Nice cozy little venue with a great stage set up.
  • Roc Nation
    Roc NationJune 8, 2011
    Giant old chandeliers droop from the ceiling of this grungy venue. Originally a movie house, the floors are sloped, so if you want a good view of the band, see ‘em here.
  • VH1
    VH1July 21, 2010
    For great drinks accompanied by delicious bar food, hit up the Royal Tavern. There are awesome vegan/vegetarian options for all the healthy folks as well! – Team Live Nation
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie CarusoDecember 31, 2014
    Great to see a show. Drinks are very expensive. Stop @ the boiler room next store and gave a few drinks and a bite to eat before the show. Then hit up Jims steaks after.
  • vitaminwater®
    vitaminwater®April 1, 2012
    hey shorty ( in the height sense of course ). grab a spot in front of the sound guy for the best view. have an epic night.yYou're up.
  • Matt L.
    Matt L.November 5, 2011
    Drink at the bar next to the venue. They had bottles of Miller High Life tonight for $1. Inside the venue they were selling 16oz cans of High Life for $5.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren ShafferOctober 24, 2012
    the drinks were crazy expensive, but wherever you are positioned in the venue there is about a 95% chance that you can see the band pretty close up! I feel like it is totally worth a trip.
  • Mark .
    Mark 🍔April 18, 2015
    a really cool intimate venue. security is unbelievable nice and all the employees are friendly. great acoustics.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren ShafferOctober 29, 2013
    I saw Kimbra here and had a fantastic time! I stood in the upper level, but you can be just about anywhere and see the bands clearly! Awesome setup!
  • vitaminwater®
    vitaminwater®June 1, 2011
    going to the roots picnic? follow us on twitter @vitaminwater #rootspicnic and stay tuned for access to tips + updates then check in on foursquare "the roots picnic hydrated by vitaminwater"
  • Sayuri F.
    Sayuri FreiheitMarch 31, 2014
    An awesome place for a concert. Not to big and with excellent sound quality.
  • Jesse K.
    Jesse KecklerMarch 31, 2012
    If you want slightly cheaper beer, arrange to have a case airlifted from Germany and helicoptered from the airport from there.
  • Joe M.
    Joe MontesNovember 6, 2016
    Great, intimate venue for shows. The sound clarity is pretty good as well.
  • Erin W.
    Erin WhittingtonSeptember 14, 2014
    Awesome venue! Just get up front if you're short like me or upgrade to VIP.
    DrinkPhilly.comSeptember 24, 2011
    Here for the Hoots & Hellmouth Show? Stop by the Drink Philly stand and sign up for a chance to win a Free Happy Hour for you and Four Friends! Read more
  • Dan F.
    Dan FratoniJune 22, 2012
    Great venue for smaller, intimate shows. You'll want to get there early to get a "front row" view of the artist(s).
  • blair b.
    blair blakeJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Coat check only holds the first 150 coats. If the show is sold out, dont expect to come 2 hours late and be able to check your coat.
  • Joseph W.
    Joseph W.October 21, 2011
    Live music here sounds really good, I actually like this place better than the Troc or Electric factory
  • James B.
    James BressiOctober 19, 2009
    If a band you like is playing here, get a ticket. Sound is great and the venue is just the right size. Drinks are overpriced but the staff is great and don't skimp on mixed drinks.
  • Staci
    StaciNovember 5, 2011
    The slant in the floor makes seeing the band easy even in the back. Not being able to go out to smoke, expensive beers and horrible parking on south st stink, though!
  • Brandi L.
    Brandi LeeApril 3, 2011
    You can't bring in your own water- also, get a cheesesteak from steaks on south!!
  • Chrissy N.
    Chrissy NickelNovember 30, 2014
    Awesome space. Serves alcohol, great views of the stage
  • vitaminwater®
    vitaminwater®May 24, 2012
    ride the XXXpress to the roots picnic in philly and save the the cab fare for the “I was there” tee. rsvp here
  • Tommy O.
    Tommy OrrJune 12, 2011
    Great place to see a concert! Try the food, one word. AMAZING
  • Gary A.
    Gary AlanMay 3, 2016
    A very good place to go and listen to some really good bands!
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffApril 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't be late this place can get packed. Very mixed quality staff
  • parker j.
    parker jaydenDecember 18, 2013
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  • Panda
    PandaApril 9, 2012
    Got banned from upstairs by a douchey bouncer who threatened to cut our bracelets and eventually wrote X on our hands with a marker so we couldn't go back up. Show was better up close anyway.
  • Sal S.
    Sal ScaramuzzinoAugust 18, 2011
    An awesome place to see a show. Pre-game elsewhere, though as 16 oz. of Yuengling poured from a dirty tap is not worth $11.
  • Terrence E.
    Kind of lame that they let kids on the second floor where the bar is. I come up here to get away from them.
  • Carl R.
    Carl RiccoApril 22, 2012
    Great little venue on South Street. Great fun.
  • Kayla
    KaylaFebruary 6, 2012
    Don't buy the fast pass (especially on a weekday show). It's just a scam so the tla can take another ten dollars from you
  • Rita C.
    Rita CavalliApril 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    There's a service charge on tickets even if you're paying with cash
  • Christian D.
    Christian DMarch 31, 2012
    Math The Band: Kinda like Matt and Kim and Andrew W.K. and Powerglove. Pretty goddamn fun.
  • Alexandra A.
    Alexandra AApril 18, 2015
    I've seen a lot of dope shows here for affordable prices!
  • Alexandra A.
    Alexandra AMay 5, 2015
    Always a great time spent here!
  • Eric O.
    Eric OCJanuary 5, 2013
    usually no re-entry! over-priced drinks, but nice/fun place.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BoyerMay 15, 2011
    There's a bar RIGHT next to the venue. Take advantage of it.
  • rachel r.
    rachel riehsApril 8, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Bar is cash only! bring cash to avoid $4 atm fee.
  • Carmen C.
    Carmen ContagiousApril 13, 2011
    Only place to smoke is the bathrooms in the front lobby....BE CAREFUL
  • Kinja
    KinjaMay 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Neither the upstairs nor downstairs Ladies bathroom's are desireable.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MaxwellDecember 31, 2011
    Mewithoutyou and Thursday.....haha but you already knew that
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CampFebruary 3, 2013
    If you're in the bar and not drinking leave so others can
  • Daniel O.
    Daniel OresJune 7, 2013
    Drink a lot, have fun, and safety first.
  • Matthew O.
    Matthew OechsnerMarch 31, 2012
    Great place to score some party party party dome
  • Derrick B.
    Derrick B.October 26, 2013
    Tyrone Wells!
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SweeneyFebruary 17, 2013
    See an intimate show at the TLA.
  • Đorđe G.
    This venue is horrible and should be closed! My friend got beat up and got his nose broken by some thugs while security did not even bother to show up!!! Please, for your own safety, don't come here!
  • rachel r.
    rachel riehsOctober 30, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Coat Check now avaliable for $3!
  • Kyle
    KyleMay 11, 2011
    If you can get here do it now! Donald Glover/Childish Gambino about to blow up!
  • Pepper
    PepperSeptember 28, 2010
    10/10/2010 Pepper's Like A Surgeon Tour w/ Brother Ali and Pour Habit Read more
  • Zita J.
    Zita JacksonSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Atm surcharge is cray, draw out cash before getting here
  • blair b.
    blair blakeJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're caught smoking in the bathroom, you'll be kicked out. Dont bother.
  • Crystal F.
    Crystal FauntJanuary 6, 2012
    Excellent venue!!
  • Stacey V.
    Stacey VaresDecember 18, 2011
    Willpowerless show ! :-)
  • Lucas L.
    Lucas LeydenSeptember 21, 2011
    This is literally the worst small venue I've ever been too. $7 PBR (go to the El for $2) and a $4 ATM surcharge. This place sucks.
  • Sean D.
    Sean DelaneyJune 29, 2011
    $7 PBR or Miller Highlife Pounders
  • Carmen C.
    Carmen ContagiousApril 12, 2011
    Come say hi @ the upstairs bar
  • Melissa N.
    Melissa NicoleMarch 6, 2011
    At the front row barrier awesome!
  • Samantha W.
    I <3 chill moody
  • Lindsay B.
    Lindsay BonesApril 3, 2012
    Front row ROCKS!
  • Suzy A.
    Suzy AbramsonFebruary 15, 2012
    Tip ms. Blair MILLIONS
  • Cassandra W.
    Cassandra WashingtonOctober 23, 2014
    Marsha Ambrosius
  • Lauren :.
    Lauren :DDecember 11, 2009
    great small venue to see a show =]
  • HAHA MAG w.
    beware of the $11 beer
  • Mikeeeeeeeeey L.
    There is a used condom on the floor...awkward
  • Vee G.
    Vee GenisJuly 29, 2010
    love this place!! good times!
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SnyderSeptember 15, 2010
    Apparently you can smoke pot here
  • Tony C.
    Tony CheslockMarch 21, 2010
    down the street. music. Read more
  • CBK C.
    CBK CBKApril 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Drinks are a rip off
  • Timothy M.
    Timothy MarkusJuly 26, 2010
  • Jameson D.
    Jameson DetweilerJuly 11, 2009
    Go to a show, pay too much for a beer and eat a cheesesteak at Jim's
  • Julianne A.
    Julianne AdinolfiNovember 13, 2014
    Shagggggyyyyyyyyyy! 🎶
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