Down on South Broad Street where Philadelphia’s famed Avenue of the Arts lives, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts stands out with its massive glass-topped atrium and stellar performances from the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and visiting Broadway shows.
Verizon Hall, the main performance space, is the most frequented Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts attraction, and has the largest mechanical pipe organ in any American concert hall. The 2,500 concert-goers watch from three tiers of seating as the Philadelphia Orchestra and visiting symphonies make their magic. The Perelman Theater is far more intimate, with a capacity of just 650 and a turntable stage for contemporary productions from the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
Completed in 2001 by renowned Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly, the Kimmel Center’s auditoriums and rehearsal spaces are joined by a grand lobby covered by a high-vaulted glass ceiling. Interested visitors can stop by for a free, first-come, first-serve tour at 1pm every day.
A premier local tourist attraction, and haven for world-class stage productions, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is worth checking out when exploring Philadelphia, and an invaluable centerpiece to Philadelphia culture. And whatever you do, don’t miss the beautiful roof garden!