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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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Description: The oldest theater in America, and one of the most prolific.

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Nice theater experience

I indulged my guilty pleasure and saw Liberace. Tickets were sold out on a weeknight so it's best to buy tickets in advance. The staff was very friendly and told me they would... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I indulged my guilty pleasure and saw Liberace. Tickets were sold out on a weeknight so it's best to buy tickets in advance. The staff was very friendly and told me they would refund my ticket if no seat became available. Fortunately it did. After the show they were friendly in helping get a cab.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Was very impressed with the venue. Good sound, lighting etc. Saw a few shows here and you can easily and safely walk to places to eat.

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Satellite Beach, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Walnut Street Theater is the oldest in the country. It has a fantastic history and does a great job with their productions. Not Broadway but close. Unfortunately someone did a very misguided renovation to this fine old theater and eliminated all of that history in favor of concrete modern. Maybe it was lack of funds or lack of imagination... More 

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Elmer, New Jersey
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223 reviews 223 reviews
89 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

As a first-year subscriber I have not been disappointed at the show offerings. Each performance has had first-rate actors with elaborate stage scenery that is actually made locally in Philadelphia. I have to say that I REALLY enjoyed the "Subscriber Only Season Preview Party" in February when I got a 'Taste of Philly" on all 3 floors of the theater!... More 

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Bridgeton, New Jersey
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139 reviews 139 reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

While we do love this theatre, here's a word of caution to prospective "subscribers" - If you plan to become a subscriber, be aware that the subscriber's department will hound you incessantly to renew. They cal and call and call until you either have to get rude with them or you renew. We used to be subscribers but the play... More 

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new jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Should you be looking for an enjoyable play - avoid this one - two hous of bickering couples with few laughs and a lot of "what's the point - it goes on and on" Not worth the money - wait for Memphis to come there - that will blow you away.

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Lancaster, Pa.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My wife and I visited Phila recently to celebrate her birthday and we had tickets to see the play Private Lives. It is billed as the funniest play ever. Funny thing though, while we enjoyed it, British humor is very different from American humor. They enjoy play on words. Much of the audience was not breaking out into huge laughter... More 

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Okinawa, Japan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The show was definitely a top notch performance, but not worth the $80+ price. There is no food available once you are inside the theater (besides some candy) and the drinks are extremely over priced.

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philadelphia
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161 reviews 161 reviews
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121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I've been around the block a few times and seen a lot of theater in New York and elsewhere, and I still sold on the Walnut subscription. Even when I've seen the show elsewhere I'm almost always amazed that the Walnut can put its own stamp on things in a way that makes you happy

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New Jersey
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Great theatre. Most shows are really great. Private Lives was painful to watch. First act - terrible.

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