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Academy of Music

232-46 South Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (City Center West)
215 893 1999
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Ranked #42 of 275 attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Ballets, Symphonies
Traveler Description: The Academy of Music opened in 1857 to provide Philadelphia with a first class opera house.  It remains one of the very oldest intact opera venues in... more »
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

So I have seen several shows at the Academy of Music. I learned the hard way that not all seats have a good view! I now only purchase seats that are in the floor or on the first level because other wise the views aren't that great. The academy of Arts is a beautiful building...but don't waste your money on... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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43 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We went to Philadelphia to see this and we had a wonderful 3-day weekend, punctuated by this show. Academy of Music theater is amazing, it has the elegance and the ambience of what a good theater is, much like the Opera House of the Kennedy Center, the snootiness of Paris Opera, the glory of the Buenos Aires Opera...just feel good,... More

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Winter Park, Florida
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

The Academy of Music is a famous venue in Philadelphia, so my husband I were looking forward to seeing the Nutcracker there - first time for both of us. It is beautiful from the outside and inside. Our seats were in the Family Circle, which sounded friendly and a good place to sit. Well, that was far from the truth.... More

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East Earl, Pennsylvania
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

My wife and I had season tickets last year and saw a number of shows. All of the performances were very good. The theater is very ornate, however as other people have mentioned in their reviews the seating situation leaves a lot to be desired. We have had seats in many different theaters and unfortunately the seating layout at the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

I have seen multiple shows here and I can always say that the productions here are exquisite. The management is well put together and the service is great. I highly recommend that people see shows here. The theater is BEAUTIFUL with a huge crystal chandelier. I saw Flashdance here last month and the production was incredible

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Fairfax, Virginia
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

We traveled from Washington DC to see "Beauty and the Beast" because we had a grand-nephew in the cast, one of the two young boys playing Chip. Obviously we thought the show was GREAT! But that's not the point of reviewing on Trip Advisor. It's the venue. After experiencing the Kennedy Center Opera House and any number of Broadway theatres... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Beautiful surroundings, nice show(I mean after you see it at Hollywood studios in Orlando it's a bit of a let down). Ok our tickets were only $40.00 a piece to see a broadway show , Beauty and the Beast, Probably didn't help that we just left the restaurant stuffed like Christmas turkey's, we were one row away from having our... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Went to go see Beauty and the Beast. It was nice to be able to experience Broadway in Philly. The performers were wonderful and deserve much more than an average rating.The Academy is a beautiful building to see, and you get a sense of "great history" when you sit and look around. However I have to agree with the other... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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29 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Loved the show. It was high energy and a good time. As for the venue, the AOM is smaller, not a lot of room to move around. We actually asked if we could move because one of our seats was directly in back of a pole. Not sure who ever sits in these seats but they were nice enough to... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This was a very expensive, back-breaking show. We saw Wicked, and I thought maybe it was because we were in the 'cheap' seats. I don't think so though because my friend was in the second row Orchestra seats and said it was awful too. We didn't have any leg room (I am 5' 2" and had trouble). The arm rests... More

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