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Speak volumes without saying a word.

Corporate events at Ensemble Arts Philly

Welcome to the place where meetings hum, inspiration crackles, employees get fired up and audiences rise to their feet.

Of course, the Kimmel Center is convenient–just a few blocks from the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Certainly, we’re easy to work with. But when you need to make a statement without saying a word, our venues are a priceless choice for corporate meetings, business entertainment, special events, and receptions.

So let’s build some jaw-dropping brand recognition. Let’s inspire some awe. First, some questions to help speed up your search. 

What’s the purpose of your event?

We’ve been doing this for years, so we understand that “purpose” can mean many things. What do you want people to think about your event? To feel about your event? What do you want the event to say about your brand? That’s important, too.

How many guests are you expecting?

If the list isn’t final, that’s OK. A rough idea will help. 

Do you have any special technical requirements?

Even in the historic Academy Ballroom, we can offer you contemporary audio, video and digital connectivity. So let’s make a list. Do you need a slideshow screen, theatrical lighting, multiple microphones, high-speed Internet connections, or sophisticated speakers? What about lecterns and tables?

What layout are you considering?

You might want presentation seating for a slideshow, or open plan desks for group collaboration. Or maybe we can contribute another idea altogether. idea. Whatever your vision, let’s brainstorm.

Will there be breakout sessions running concurrently?

If you need a pair of small spaces with the option to gather everyone together at different times, that’s easy to arrange.

Do you need catering?

Well-fed attendees are happy attendees. And we all know how one dull meal can undo all the impact of a brilliant presentation. Fortunately, this is a non-issue at Ensemble Arts Philly, where our exclusive partner, Garces Events, is known for perfect coffee breaks, happy hours, signature cocktails, and pretty-much-legendary dining. Crowds and special diets are never a problem.

Will you have out of town guests?

Perfect. Visitors always appreciate the excellent hotels, restaurants, cultural venues, and vibrant city life that are right here at the door of the Kimmel Center. Park your car and wave it goodbye–Philadelphia is a walker’s city, as well as a foodie’s city, and Ensemble Arts Philly is literally at its center.


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Ensemble Arts Philly Venues

Decisions, decisions. We’ll help you choose.

Hamilton Garden

This 6,200-square-foot rooftop atrium, with spectacular 360-degree city views and theatrical lighting, is our most dazzling space. And, a foolproof way to inspire some awe at your presentation, corporate meeting, awards ceremony, or party. You can customize it endlessly; slide a plant, rearrange the furniture, turn on the spotlights. It’s show time.

Seating Capacity: 200 Seated, 230 Reception

Academy of Music Ballroom

The Ballroom, an unabashed throwback to a luxurious era, has been called the most beautiful room in Philadelphia. We won’t argue. Hand-gilded walls date back to 1855. Crystal chandeliers shimmer overhead. It’s a dramatic backdrop for conferences, exhibits, corporate meetings, seminars, or a VIP dinner. Count on modern touches, too, including a professional sound system and Wi-Fi.

Seating Capacity: 200 Seated, 200 Reception


Perelman Theater

This shape-shifting theater starts out as a recital hall–until you ask us to spin that 75-foot turntable stage to create a proscenium theater or a dining room that seats 350. The stage is now set for your meeting, seminar, reception, awards ceremony, or a meal that your guests will talk about for a long, long time. Sophisticated technology and real theatrical lighting bring your presentation to life.

Seating Capacity: 250 Seated, Theater 600, 350 Reception

SEI Innovation Studio

Downright intimate. Definitely avant-garde. The Studio gives you 2,700 square feet of flexible, uninterrupted space that you can configure, change and rearrange in dozens of different ways for smaller meetings, panels, and receptions. This is a sleek, modern environment that says, “There’s a crowd, and we’re ahead of it.”

Seating Capacity: Seated 90, Reception 125, Theater Style 150

Comcast Circle

Exceptionally practical, unusually versatile, Comcast Circle lets you break your space into two function areas and move gracefully from one to the other. It’s conveniently located on the Kimmel Center’s First Tier, with the much-appreciated comfort of private restrooms. An attached lounge and bar make it ideal for meetings, panel discussions, smaller receptions, and breakout rooms.

Seating Capacity: 75 Theater, 50 Classroom Style

Rendell Room

When you need a space that’s simple but not plain and striking but not fussy, here you are. Ceilings are 25 feet high. Hardwood floors shine. The Rendell Room is perfect for elegantly turned-out and quietly impressive meetings, breakout rooms, panel discussions or speaking engagements.

Seating Capacity: 150 Theater, 100 Classroom

First Tier Lounge

Invite Wow Factor to your event. The First Tier Lounge offers your guests a vibe that’s both intimate and big, with a sweeping view of the Kimmel Center’s sparkling glass canopy and that bold interior. Planners find it ideal for luncheons, receptions, presentations and awards ceremonies.

Seating Capacity: Seated 150, Reception 200

The Lounge

Should you choose an outdoor view or an indoor one? Sidestep that decision and go for both. This roomy, second-tier balcony has an airy outdoor terrace that overlooks both the Kimmel Center and the Avenue of the Arts. It’s a view that adds both value and style, making your luncheon, dinner, meeting or reception that much more memorable.

Seating Capacity: Seated 230, Reception 300

Commonwealth Plaza

The capacity is large, so is the impact. This public plaza is one of the most engaging civic spaces in Philadelphia, with a 150-foot vaulted glass roof overhead and the Kimmel Center’s sweeping curves all around. A multi-tiered lobby offers strolling space (and that amazing view) for both large and small groups.

Capacity: Seated dinner: 750, Reception: 1,250

Let’s talk. Let’s plan. Let’s make things possible.

Whatever the size, purpose, or peculiar challenges of your event, we’re ready to help you make something memorable. Let’s start a no-commitment conversation. Connect with our expert corporate event planning experts at 215-790-5323 or here.

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