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7 Steps to Prepare for Your Next Night Out at the Theater

Posted by:  Marie Altmann and Megan Rapp, Public Relations Interns, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Cultural Campus on October 17, 2022

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Cultural Campus have put together an award-winning 2022-2023 season for the Philadelphia region that is not to be missed. From a night at the orchestra to a toe-tapping Broadway show, there is a ticket for everyone! But what do you do after you bought the ticket?  Follow our easy checklist and make sure every part of your experience is perfectly prepared so you have the best time on the Kimmel Cultural Campus.

1. Receiving your tickets

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Once you’ve purchased your tickets, it’s important to pick how you would like to receive them. If you’re tech-savvy, you can find your e-tickets in your inbox and can scan them at the door of the show. Prefer a physical copy? You can choose to pick your tickets up at willcall (another name for the box office) of the venue where your show is happening.

2. What to wear

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Over the years, going to a show has become more casual and laid back. So don’t feel pressured to put on your fanciest attire. Wearing something comfortable like a nice shirt and dress pants or jeans is a great option.

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Want to go all out? Try cosplaying as your favorite character or wearing merchandise from the show to really stand out.

3. Pre-show dinner and drinks

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Now that you have your tickets, finding the perfect place for dinner (or lunch, if you’re attending a matinee) is your next step. Luckily, there are dozens of restaurants close to our Campus to cover all your cravings. Most places require a reservation, so be sure to plan! Check out our Fun and Fine Dining: Restaurants Near the Kimmel blog to explore some of the delicious options. Don’t forget to leave room for snacks at the show!

4. Getting here

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Getting to the theater is important, whether you are coming from Philadelphia or visiting from farther away. Driving is a great option and there are multiple garages located within a few blocks, including the Kimmel Center garage located beneath the Kimmel Center building (300 S Broad Street). Pre-paid parking can even be added to most ticket purchases!

Our Campus is also conveniently located near multiple SEPTA access points on the Broad Street Line, multiple bus lines, and is a short 10-15 minute walk from the Regional Rail lines at Suburban or Jefferson Stations. Plan your exact route with directions on our How to Find Us page.

5. Being on time

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One of the most important elements to consider when going to a show is your arrival time. You want to respect the actors, musicians, and other audience members by being on time or early to the performance. Be sure to account for any traffic on your way to Philadelphia and give yourself enough time in between your dining reservations and getting to the show; you’ll want ample time to find your seats, grab a snack, and use the restroom prior to the lights going down.

6. Refreshments

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Hope you saved room for refreshments! Our friends at Garces provide the perfect light snack for purchase once you enter the performance venue. From a glass of wine to a sweet candy treat, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

7. The perfect Playbill pic

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You’ve made it to the show, scanned your tickets, grabbed your snacks. Now is the perfect time to pull out your Playbill and take some pictures. Photos of you and your group and beautiful shots of the set are the perfect way to capture the memories forever. Make sure to tag @Kimmelculturalcampus and use the hashtag #KimmelCulturalCampus when you post.

8. Enjoy the show!

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The lights are dimming, and the music is starting; now it’s time to sit back, relax, take your last pre-show selfie (!), and silence your phones. There is nothing like live entertainment, and now you’ve made it to the theater. Time to sit back, relax, and enjoy every second!

 

You’ve come to one show, now start planning your next! Check out our full lineup of events and performances happening all year long on our website.

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