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Address: 232-46 South Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone Number: 215 893 1999
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Home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Philly...

Home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Philly Pops.

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Grand Yet Intimate

We saw Cold Mountain at the Academy of Music last night and enjoyed the theater. It is a lovely grand dame but also affords an intimate setting. Legroom is very tight. Anyone over... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Vienna, Virginia
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333 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We saw Cold Mountain at the Academy of Music last night and enjoyed the theater. It is a lovely grand dame but also affords an intimate setting. Legroom is very tight. Anyone over 6'2 might want to opt for stalls. A most enjoyable evening.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Up until a few years ago, this was Philadelphia's concert hall where the Philadelphia Orchestra and the musical celebrities of the world played from the late 19th century up to the late 20th. Many of them would then go across the river to the Victor Talking Machine Co. in Camden and made a record. It's a magnificent old fashioned place... More 

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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

The old style charm of the Academy of Music certainly contributes to the enjoyment of any performance. The giant chandelier actually rotates slightly, if you look carefully. We recently saw the Nutcracker and thoroughly enjoyed it. Seats [family circle level] were comfortable with sufficient legroom for my 6 foot frame. Bathrooms never seemed crowded. Easy to get to by subway... More 

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Thank mbotos
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

The place is beautiful when you enter. It was my first time there and I didn't know what to expect but it was very aesthetically pleasing. The show was very modern and a nice update on an old premise (the Nutcracker). Although i haven't seen the Nutcracker since I was thirteen so maybe it's exactly the same. My only complaint... More 

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Philadellphia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

We saw the Nutcracker at the Academy of Music. The Pennsylvania Ballet does a brilliant job! We were at the highest level and the seats were uncomfortable because they have wood in front of your feet and knees, which makes it difficult to sit normal. You have to sit on an angle. But the sets, costumes, music, dancers, characters, were... More 

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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I have great memories of the Academy of Music. As a kid I was part of a music program through the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that allowed us to hold a yearly concert at the Academy; I am not sure I understood what a big deal that was. It is a beautiful space, and yet still feels pretty intimate. As an... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

There is something VERY special about this space and seeing a ballet in it or a concern is something so special. The building is amazing and the chandelier is breath taking

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Thank AmberB460
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I have been going to plays at the Academy of Music the last three years with my mother and mother-in-law. We all love the shows and the staff is just as great! There is a ton of room for leg space, however it you want to see every aspect of the show, try not to purchase side seats. You will... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

A fantastic old style opera house. Gilded walls and red velvet everywhere. Home to the Philadelphia Opera and Pennsylvania Ballet. A Truly fantastic venue. Looks and sounds beautiful.

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Thank StoneSouped
philadelphia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This is really a beautiful place that shows the grandeur of 19th century Philadelphia. You really feel as though you're seeing something special when you attend an event here. We've been here for the orchestra (in the past), Broadway shows, and graduations. Although it's more of an opera house (it was featured in the film Age of Innocence) in some... More 

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