Entertainment and Nightlife - Performance Venues and Theaters

The Philadelphia Orchestra, Kimmel Cultural Campus


The brightest light on the Avenue of the Arts is the dazzling regional performing arts center, whose discreet brick exterior rises to a bold 150-foot glass vaulted rooftop for startling views of the city. The spacious and acoustically vaunted facility is rarely dark and on any given weekend might present a jazz quartet, French circus, The Philadelphia Orchestra, pops or family events. Eight resident companies and a variety of touring soloists and ensembles perform here. The 21st century center’s mainstages are the elegant Verizon Hall, whose red mahogany 2,500-seat interior is shaped like a cello and features adjustable acoustical panels and the 650-seat Perelman Theater, with an unusual rotating stage and equipment that enables chamber music, dance and drama. Surrounding the performance spaces, welcoming Commonwealth Plaza encourages visitors to relax and enjoy the view.

Distance from Independence Visitor Center: 0.86 miles
Distance from Sister Cities Visitor Center: 0.74 miles
Distance from Pennsylvania Convention Center: 0.62 miles


Facility Amenities

  • Accessible by Public Transit
  • WiFi Free
  • Handicap Access
  • Non Smoking
  • Onsite Parking
  • Onsite Kitchen

Group Information

  • Group Friendly
  • Casey Rodger
  • crodger@kimmelcenter.org
  • 215.790.5855

Venue Amenities

  • Guided Tours Available
  • Coat Check
  • Permanent Dance Floor
  • Exclusive Caterer
  • Food Service Facilities
  • Freight Elevator
  • Liquor License
  • Onsite AV Available
  • Permanent Stage
  • Rental Equipment Available
  • Vendors Exclusive
  • Vendors Preferred

Facility Information

  • LGBT Friendly
  • Student Friendly

Payment Options

  • Payment Option CC AmEx
  • Payment Option CC Discover
  • Payment Option CC Mastercard
  • Payment Option CC Visa


Facility Amenities

  • Free Admission


Banquet Sit Down Capacity

  • 10 - 300

Outdoor Space

  • Outdoor Space

Reception Stand Up Capacity

  • 10 - 2500

Venue Capacity

  • 2500

Total Venue Square Feet

  • 20,000

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia and near the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Kimmel Center provides impressive venues for a wide variety of corporate events, large and small. From board meetings to conferences, annual meetings to training sessions, cocktail receptions to holiday parties, your guests won’t soon forget their experiences at the Kimmel Center. Wow your guests with Philadelphia’s own Iron Chef Jose Garces. Kimmel Center’s Exclusive caterer, Garces Events is there for you.

One hour FREE tours are offered at 1pm daily, on a first-come, first-served basis. Specialty Art & Architecture tours are offered at 10:30am on Saturdays. For group tour reservations or more information about Kimmel Center or Academy of Music tours, please call 215-790-5886. All tours are FREE! 

Kimmel Center tours depart from the Information Desk in Commonwealth Plaza. Tours are on a first-come, first served basis and are limited to 20 persons per tour. Visitors may register for public tours at the Information Desk, which opens at 10am daily. All tours are led by experienced volunteer guides.

Kimmel Center and Academy of Music tours are appropriate for adults and children over the age of 10.

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