387 Ben Franklin Hwy.
Douglassville, PA 19518
Phone: (610) 385-3016
Fax: (610) 385-3188
387 Ben Franklin Hwy. US 422, Douglassville, PA, US, 19518
- Phone: (610) 385-3016
- Fax: (610) 385-3188
A favorite among Villanova University students, Ardmore Music Hall (formerly known as Brownies 23 East) is usually bereft of elbow room. Live music is performed on the first floor, where the immense bar dispenses spirits to the young crowd. If the downstairs gets too crowded, bar-hoppers can try their luck at the upstairs balcony where the beer-fueled chaos below can be observed. There are inexpensive appetizers and a full range of spirits and beer.
Sit on the sloping lawn or in the reserved boxes under the high shed awning. Pick up a drink or some food from the stalls by the back fence—everything from hot dogs to a full-course salmon dinner served by waiters. This outdoor stage is the summer home to the Philadelphia Orchestra, plus a schedule of jazz, rock, big band, the Philly Pops, opera, theatre, and dance. The acoustics can be unreliable and Philadelphia's erratic weather can be a problem, but you can sit in Fairmount Park, hear a good show, and look at the soft night lights of the downtown skyline.
The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts was founded in 1971. This non-profit venue offers more than a hundred performances every year including theatre, music, dance, film and festivals, such as the annual International Children's Theatre Festival held in Spring. Check the website for a complete list of events.
2008 will mark the 23th annual gathering of top African American Artists from across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. It is the nation's largest African-American Art Expo and one of the few events of its kind anywhere in North America. This exhibit reaches out to patrons from all communities and cultures and provides an opportunity for artists to display their latest work and to educate the public in a comfortable environment. This three-day show will be open to the public and is free.
Liacouras is home to Temple Men and Women's Basketball teams, concerts and other events, including the NCAA championships. Located on Temple University's campus, the 340,000 square-foot facility offers a great deal of flexibility for events. There are 10,000 seats, 14 concession stands, and connected parking. The Fox/Gittis Room, a special functions room located in the main lobby,is available for meetings. Ten private executive suites on the lower level provide prime viewing and entertaining enjoyment.
Temple graduate and undergraduate students produce and star in six fully-mounted productions and prize-winning plays from the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival per season. The performances include a full range of modern and classic, comedy and drama, at the Randall and Tomlinson theaters. Alumnae of the Temple Theater program have gone on to work in stage, television, and opera productions all over the country. Call for specific show times and dates or visit the website. Tickets are more than affordable and there are discount rates for groups. Parking is free during main campus events.
The Temple University Boyer College of Music presents a multitude of free concerts, master classes, lectures and special events seven days a week throughout the year. The Rock Hall Distinguished Artist Series is known for its recitals by highly regarded faculty and visiting artists. Temple's Greater Philadelphia Concert Series presents a rich array of programs on campus and in the greater Philadelphia region. All programs subject to change. Call ahead to confirm. Admission to all events is free unless noted otherwise.
Established with humble beginnings in 1966 by John Allen, the 300-seat Freedom Theater is the oldest African-American venue in the state. Allen, who gained fame for his involvement in community activities, started the troupe in the 19th Century mansion of thespian Edwin Forrest. Today, the theater is divided into two parts, the Repertory, which produces a full season of performances annually and the Performing Arts Training Program, which provides instruction to a new generation of artists. Harlem Renaissance classics such as Langston Hughes' Black Nativity and modern pieces like Cooley High are on the program. Call for show times and ticket prices.
Located at the Franklin Institute Science Museum (The), an Omnimax is the "wraparound" version of an IMAX film. Patrons feel a part of the heart-racing action as nature adventures such as the "Tropical Rainforest" and "Sharks" are projected onto a four-story, domed screen. Fifty speakers broadcast bone-shattering sound to enhance the experience. See their website for features and event times.
Two blocks from Rittenhouse Square, this 106-seater performing space hosts over 140 performances ever year. Associated with many local theater companies such as Theater Catalyst, InterAct and The Philly Improv Theater, to name a few, the place comprises of diverse venues within such as, MainStage, PlayGround, Second Stage and the Skybox. The venue, named for a former stage manager Adrienne Neye, is situated close to the Adonis Theater and many popular restaurants of the neighborhood. Adrienne Theater hosts some of the best productions and performances in the city, of which the ComedySportz, is widely acclaimed. Check the website for a schedule of events.
When climbing the stairs up to this theater patrons might get the impression they are entering one of the actor's houses, not a theater. Aspiring playwrights and actors try out original work before audiences looking for the next big thing. See their website for a list of events.
The society has been presenting virtuoso performances of chamber music, vocal and piano recitals, and children's concerts for 12 seasons running. Experience some of the high culture Philadelphia has to offer with classical pieces by this impeccable ensemble. The season runs from October to May. Call or visit their website for more details.