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Walnut Street Theatre

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Address: 825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone Number: 215-574-3550
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The oldest theater in America, and one of the most prolific.

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Real, live, fun

We saw High Society and A Christmas Story. The theater itself is very comfortable with great acoustics. The Show itself was great fun to watch, the music was excellent, and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The theater is beautiful however the seating is very tight and there is no leg room if you are more than 5'5". Our family of 9 were seated in the Mezzanine balcony, center, row 3. Our family is fairly tall ranging from 5'8" to 6'2". Everyone of our knees were jammed into the seat back of the chair in front... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw High Society and A Christmas Story. The theater itself is very comfortable with great acoustics. The Show itself was great fun to watch, the music was excellent, and the live touch is just unbeatable. Before the show, we ate at one of many restaurants that give a discount to theater goers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Just attended "High Society" last week. We bought the cheapest seats and had great views. Theater is a landmark in the United States.

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Tucson, United States
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146 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Went to see Cole Porter's High Society at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre. Located in the heart of Philly's Theatre District. WST is the country's oldest theater and has been in operation since 1809. The musical was very good and the theatre is a great venue. Had a seat in the very last row and still had a perfect view of... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This is a nice little theater in Philly. We got $30 tickets which were the cheapest for High Society. We got seats at the back which were terribly cramped but we had a good view. The restrooms are crowded. It takes forever to get out of the theater. But the play was done nicely and I love the old pictures... More 

Thank Arch L
Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

This NFP theatre is over 200 years old and we've been annual subscribers for the last 25 years. The opening show this year was High Society. The Cole Porter songs were not his best and the 1st act was not impressive. The 2nd act was so much fun and the troupe was spot on in delivering so you left happy.... More 

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Middletown, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Great place to see a show in Historic Philadelphia area. Many restaurants and parking close by. I continue to be a Subscriber in 2015 due to the good shows an reasonable prices.

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Vineland, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

The Walnut Theatre has entertained Philadelphians for over two hundred years. It has been remodeled many times and the current interior illuminates the luminaries who attend each production. The stage is archetypal with a proscenium arch and curtain. The audience sits in rapture on three levels in seats recently reupholstered. The ceiling once held a giant candelabra but now vaults... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Really enjoyed our show here in a very nice theatre. Worth booking if you are in town as booked no problem.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Top drawer talent from the multifaceted actors, musicians, sets and costumes. Great treatment of Cole Porters work in a beautiful old theater. High Society is playing through October of 2015. Don't miss it if you are in Philadelphia.

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