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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 #46 of 289 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Blackwood, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The classic feel of this theater hits you from the moment you set foot in the door. You know you are in for a good night of Ballet, Music, or whatever the event. Great acoustics, wonderful lighting, big stage. It doesn;t get any better than this! Located right on Broad Street in the heart of the city, there are plenty... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We attended Evita here on Saturday evening. This was our first time at the Academy. (Yes I know, eventhough we live in Philly, we have never attended a show there. Folks that live in New York don't visit the top of the Empire State either.) Having seen Evita, a "rock opera" as described by A.L. Webber, in New York, we... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We just got back from seeing the incredible Beatles Tribute Band ”Rain” Other than the smallish seats and poor legroom, ( but I am 6'3”...lol!) It's a great venue! Great staff too! All very friendly and very helpful!

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Frackville, PA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Visited here to experience a performance of Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles. The intimacy of the venue definitely added to our enjoyment of the show. Staff were very helpful and courteous.

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178 reviews 178 reviews
25 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We have been to the Academy of Music several times over the past year to see musicals. The auditorium is beautiful and has wonderful acoustics. Seating is comfortable. We will be returning again soon.

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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100 reviews 100 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Milan has alla Scala, Buenos Aires has Teatro Colon and Philadelphia has The Academy of Music, and old grand performing arts centers with great history, magnificent acoustics and incredible décor. After visiting the three halls I can say that Philadelphia should be very proud of this venue and its place in the great theatres of the world. The seats are... More

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Shamong, New Jersey
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Academy of Music is gorgeous perfection! The perfect venue for the Arts! The outside architecture is beautiful,but the inside is spectacular! The renovation project wasa huge success. The main chandelier is perfection and the acoustics are noted as some of the best in the world. My favorite venue for anything musical-Opera, Ballet, Theatre, Orchestra, Popular music. I have visted many... More

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New York City, New York
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I absolutely love the Academy of Music. I am always stoked when I buy tickets to an event I want to see and it is scheduled to be there. I have been here many times and have seen countless Pennsylvania Ballet performances, operas, concerts, comedy acts, etc. It's one of the historic gems of the city. The interior is so... More

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Abington, Pennsylvania
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I've been here several times and always love it . I recently took my 6 year old to see coppelia and she was convinced the inside was a castle :) it truly is beautiful , and I was so happy to see it through her eyes . The shows here Arek always top notch . I plan to revisit again... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

A beautiful theatre, very spacious, with excellent acoustics. We saw the 25th Anniversary National Tour of "Phantom of the Opera" there (we went because our son, a professional actor, is in the cast) with excellent seats close to the stage, but nonetheless, a little cramped with smaller leg room than I've seen in other older theaters, such as the AFI... More

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