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“Poor acoustics” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
260 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (City Center West)
215-790-5800
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Ranked #11 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Civic Centers, Performances, Symphonies, Theaters & Stadiums
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Flushing, New York
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26 attraction reviews
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“Poor acoustics”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I attended the organ day today at Verizon Hall. It was an interesting event with various instrumental groups playing with the organ. At one point, they had a large chorus singing opera pieces. I was appalled at the sound. It reminded me of an old hi-fi with the treble turned all the way up. Compared to the Met Opera House in NYC, this is a very poor situation. I noticed that the vaunted acoustical chambers have now been shrouded with a heavy velvet curtain. The adjustable sound reflector that hovers over the stage had all of its sections cranked up to the ceiling. I had toured the hall twice before, but this was first performance there. The adverse comments I have read in the past seem more than justified based on my experience. The hall itself is very attractive visually. The wooden steps going up the balcony level from the lobby were a poor choice and are badly worn.

Visited June 2014
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Hamilton, New Jersey
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“Wonderful acoustics!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We visited the Kimmel Center for the Perfoming Arts in March for an orchestra performance by the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra. We were very impressed by the acoustics of this venue.

Visited March 2014
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Tequesta
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“Great place to view performances”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I can completely give a resound a+ for the experience of viewing any performance I've seen opera,classical music concerts and top ranked speakers at this marvelous venue

Visited April 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Great venue, high level performances”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Center is located on Broad Street - Avenue of the Arts - have visited many times, seating is great, and performance calendar is terrific.

Visited October 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Music music and more music”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Multiple theaters within the one stucture.
WORLD CLASS music hall with seating surrounding the stage.
Accustics are state of the art and all seats are excellent.

Visited May 2014
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