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The Most Instagrammable Locations at Ensemble Arts Philly Shows

Posted by:  Lindsay Goldschmidt, Marie Altmann, Destiny Bedminster, and Luke Percy, Public Relations Interns on September 30, 2022

Looking to capture aesthetically pleasing shots of your night out on the town? Look no further than the Ensemble Arts Philly locations for some scenic surroundings to share with your friends, family, and followers! Whether you are looking for a grand experience to spice up your social media, or just sharing a casual moment with family and friends, we have the perfect spot to plan your next outing. Here, you can dress up and catch a show, or dress down, have a few drinks, and enjoy live music – the possibilities for memory making (and picture taking) are endless!

Academy of Music

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At the top of our list of Instagrammable spots has to be our beloved Academy of Music. The Academy has been hosting live performances since 1857, making it the oldest opera house in the United States that is still used for its original purpose.

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The atmosphere is glamorous and vibrant, and you will get to admire beauty both in the architecture and the performances onstage. If you are looking for a classy and elegant location to elevate your Instagram feed, the Academy of Music is the place for you.

Miller Theater

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With its shining, brightly lit marquee, the outside of the Miller Theater is the quintessential theater spot both night and day. Built in 1918, the theater has undergone many upgrades, renovations, and name changes over the years and has had famous performers such as Helen Hayes, Katherine Hepburn, Sammy Davis Jr., John Barrymore, Angela Lansbury, and more grace its stage.

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You will feel like a star on the red carpet when entering the Miller, lit by its dazzling marquee. Get ready for your close-up!


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Calling all foodies! Are you the “phone eats first” type? If so, you simply must include Volvér in your next night out. Located right in the Kimmel Center for the Peforming Arts, Volvér has no shortage of photo opportunities. Whether you are stopping in to enjoy a happy hour cocktail or a decadent dinner, the food and drinks at Volvér are picturesque enough to be worthy of a place in your next Instagram photo dump.

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Snap a few pictures at the bar or right from your seat at your table! The sleek décor will take any Instagram photo to the next level.

Volvér will be temporarily closed for the summer starting June 10th. Look forward to our new restaurant launching in Fall 2024!

Hamilton Garden

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Choose to host your wedding or other extra-special event at our rooftop Hamilton Garden with our iconic glass vaulted ceiling as your backdrop. This indoor venue provides a rooftop view, which makes it one of our top Instagrammable spots. Your special event should be memorable, and what better way to commemorate such an occasion than with photos to last a lifetime. Family + friends + the city skyline = once in a lifetime photo-op for a once in a lifetime occasion.

The Kimmel Center Commonwealth Plaza

Perhaps our most versatile location for stocking up on social media content is our Plaza inside the Kimmel Center building. Stop in before or after a show or for a meal at Volvér, or come inside for a nice air-conditioned indoor experience with natural lighting that will make any picture pop.

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While the Plaza is a gorgeous atmosphere for Instagram photos, it is so much more than that. Lounge at our tables and catch free, live performances, including Lunchtime Unplugged, Happy Hour Sessions, and Nightlife at the Kimmel – all featuring local Philly artists – and Family Fundays to engage the whole family in creative and artistic endeavors.

Balcony Bar @ the Kimmel

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Even in the summertime, the midweek slumps can hit pretty hard, but your Instagram feed doesn’t have to suffer! Round up your friends for music and drinks at Balcony Bar @ the Kimmel, part of Center City SIPS. Every Wednesday in the summer, stop by to enjoy a live DJ and refreshing cocktails with iconic Broad Street views behind you – it all adds up to unbeatable selfies and a bomb new profile picture.


This list includes just a few of our favorite Instagrammable locations, but the possibilities don’t end here. Get creative and discover countless other unique photos at our venues during your next visit. There is no shortage of memories to be made, events to enjoy, and – of course – content to share with your followers to commemorate your visit. Make sure to tag us at @EnsembleArtsPhilly and you may just see your own selfie on OUR Instagram page!


Lindsay Goldschmidt, Marie Altmann, Destiny Bedminster, and Luke Percy were recent Public Relations Interns during the summer of 2022. Hailing from a variety of schools including Notre Dame, St. Joseph’s University, Drexel University, and Wesleyan University, respectively, they assisted the Marketing & Communications team by writing press releases, blogs, working events, learning about the performing arts industry and of course – taking lots of selfies!

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