Theatre of the Living Arts

Theatre of the Living Arts

Concert Hall, Rock Club, and Music Venue
Center City East, Philadelphia
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    Lucas L.
    "$7 PBR (go to the El for $2) and a $4 ATM surcharge."(2 Tips)
    Sean D.
    "$7 PBR or Miller Highlife Pounders"(2 Tips)
    Zita J.
    "Atm surcharge is cray, draw out cash before getting here"(2 Tips)
    Joe M.
    "Great, intimate venue for shows."(2 Tips)
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  • Christina B.
    Christina BOctober 27, 2016
    Beautiful atmosphere and stage. Perfect for lesser known musicians and for smaller tours. Cheap/decently priced tickets, large enough space for a big audience despite being a smaller venue than most.
  • Rick V.
    Rick VNovember 4, 2011
    The venue's floor is sloped, so if you tend to be the shorter stock in the crowd, position yourself by the balcony pillars in the back. You get an unparalleled view, second only to the balcony. ;o)
  • Katelyn I.heart icon on user image
    Katelyn InmanMarch 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this venue! Perfect size and draws a wide variety of talent. Tip: drink next door bc this place is crazy expensive, grab cash before you get there, and go for barstool overlooking the stage!
  • Jay G.heart icon on user image
    Jay GaoOctober 13, 2016
    Had a great time seeing Lights and The Mowgli's here last year. Nice cozy little venue with a great stage set up.
  • TixBangBoom
    TixBangBoomMarch 1, 2012
    Create everlasting memories! One of the best venues to attend. Cozy and right in the heart of South Street, the TLA is a great spot for a great night out in Philadelphia. Check out the lineup!
  • Melanie C.heart icon on user image
    Melanie CarusoDecember 31, 2014
    Great to see a show. Drinks are very expensive. Stop @ the boiler room next store and gave a few drinks and a bite to eat before the show. Then hit up Jims steaks after.
  • Lauren S.heart icon on user image
    Lauren ShafferOctober 29, 2013
    I saw Kimbra here and had a fantastic time! I stood in the upper level, but you can be just about anywhere and see the bands clearly! Awesome setup!
  • Michael L.heart icon on user image
    Michael LeisJune 16, 2022
    Big enough to not feel crowded for a sizable crowd, and still intimate enough to feel connected to the performer
  • Nicole
    NicoleJune 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    $4 water bottles. Aside from the outrageous water price I love this place! I can always get up close and personal with my favorite bands
  • Lauren S.heart icon on user image
    Lauren ShafferOctober 24, 2012
    the drinks were crazy expensive, but wherever you are positioned in the venue there is about a 95% chance that you can see the band pretty close up! I feel like it is totally worth a trip.
  • Maddie L.
    Maddie LippincottFebruary 1, 2019
    Pretty near venue! Bar is a little slow and drinks are pretty expensive but the balcony was an awesome place to watch a concert.
  • Joe M.heart icon on user image
    Joe MontesNovember 6, 2016
    Great, intimate venue for shows. The sound clarity is pretty good as well.
  • VH1
    VH1July 21, 2010
    For great drinks accompanied by delicious bar food, hit up the Royal Tavern. There are awesome vegan/vegetarian options for all the healthy folks as well! – Team Live Nation
  • Erin W.
    Erin WhittingtonSeptember 14, 2014
    Awesome venue! Just get up front if you're short like me or upgrade to VIP.
  • Sayuri F.
    Sayuri FreiheitMarch 31, 2014
    An awesome place for a concert. Not to big and with excellent sound quality.
  • vitaminwater®
    vitaminwater®April 1, 2012
    hey shorty ( in the height sense of course ). grab a spot in front of the sound guy for the best view. have an epic night.yYou're up.
  • Roc Nation
    Roc NationJune 8, 2011
    Giant old chandeliers droop from the ceiling of this grungy venue. Originally a movie house, the floors are sloped, so if you want a good view of the band, see ‘em here.
    DrinkPhilly.comSeptember 24, 2011
    Here for the Hoots & Hellmouth Show? Stop by the Drink Philly stand and sign up for a chance to win a Free Happy Hour for you and Four Friends! Read more
  • Matt L.
    Matt L.November 5, 2011
    Drink at the bar next to the venue. They had bottles of Miller High Life tonight for $1. Inside the venue they were selling 16oz cans of High Life for $5.
  • vitaminwater®
    vitaminwater®June 1, 2011
    going to the roots picnic? follow us on twitter @vitaminwater #rootspicnic and stay tuned for access to tips + updates then check in on foursquare "the roots picnic hydrated by vitaminwater"
  • Gary N.
    Gary NoeMay 3, 2016
    A very good place to go and listen to some really good bands!
  • Chrissy N.heart icon on user image
    Chrissy NickelNovember 30, 2014
    Awesome space. Serves alcohol, great views of the stage
  • Jesse K.
    Jesse KecklerMarch 31, 2012
    If you want slightly cheaper beer, arrange to have a case airlifted from Germany and helicoptered from the airport from there.
  • vitaminwater®
    vitaminwater®May 24, 2012
    ride the XXXpress to the roots picnic in philly and save the the cab fare for the “I was there” tee. rsvp here
  • James B.
    James BressiOctober 19, 2009
    If a band you like is playing here, get a ticket. Sound is great and the venue is just the right size. Drinks are overpriced but the staff is great and don't skimp on mixed drinks.
  • Alexandra A.heart icon on user image
    Alexandra AApril 18, 2015
    I've seen a lot of dope shows here for affordable prices!
  • Identity Inkheart icon on user image
    Identity InkFebruary 1, 2020
    Been here 100+ times
    The best 1000 seater in the tristate
  • Lance L.heart icon on user image
    Lance LacoffApril 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't be late this place can get packed. Very mixed quality staff
  • Joseph W.
    Joseph W.October 21, 2011
    Live music here sounds really good, I actually like this place better than the Troc or Electric factory
  • Alexandra A.heart icon on user image
    Alexandra AMay 5, 2015
    Always a great time spent here!
  • blair b.
    blair blakeJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Coat check only holds the first 150 coats. If the show is sold out, dont expect to come 2 hours late and be able to check your coat.
  • Panda
    PandaApril 9, 2012
    Got banned from upstairs by a douchey bouncer who threatened to cut our bracelets and eventually wrote X on our hands with a marker so we couldn't go back up. Show was better up close anyway.
  • Brandi L.
    Brandi LeeApril 3, 2011
    You can't bring in your own water- also, get a cheesesteak from steaks on south!!
  • Britt B.heart icon on user image
    Britt BanksSeptember 29, 2017
    Music music music!
  • Staci
    StaciNovember 5, 2011
    The slant in the floor makes seeing the band easy even in the back. Not being able to go out to smoke, expensive beers and horrible parking on south st stink, though!
  • Tommy O.
    Tommy OrrJune 12, 2011
    Great place to see a concert! Try the food, one word. AMAZING
  • Derrick B.
    Derrick B.October 26, 2013
    Tyrone Wells!
  • Ђорђе Г.
    This venue is horrible and should be closed! My friend got beat up and got his nose broken by some thugs while security did not even bother to show up!!! Please, for your own safety, don't come here!
  • Kayla
    KaylaFebruary 6, 2012
    Don't buy the fast pass (especially on a weekday show). It's just a scam so the tla can take another ten dollars from you
  • Christian D.
    Christian DMarch 31, 2012
    Math The Band: Kinda like Matt and Kim and Andrew W.K. and Powerglove. Pretty goddamn fun.
  • Rita C.
    Rita CavalliApril 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    There's a service charge on tickets even if you're paying with cash
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BoyerMay 15, 2011
    There's a bar RIGHT next to the venue. Take advantage of it.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CampFebruary 3, 2013
    If you're in the bar and not drinking leave so others can
  • Eric O.
    Eric OCJanuary 5, 2013
    usually no re-entry! over-priced drinks, but nice/fun place.
  • Kyle
    KyleMay 11, 2011
    If you can get here do it now! Donald Glover/Childish Gambino about to blow up!
  • Daniel O.
    Daniel OresJune 7, 2013
    Drink a lot, have fun, and safety first.
  • Sal S.
    Sal ScaramuzzinoAugust 18, 2011
    An awesome place to see a show. Pre-game elsewhere, though as 16 oz. of Yuengling poured from a dirty tap is not worth $11.
  • M O.
    M OMarch 31, 2012
    Great place to score some party party party dome
  • rachel r.
    rachel riehsOctober 30, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Coat Check now avaliable for $3!
  • Carmen C.
    Carmen ContagiousApril 13, 2011
    Only place to smoke is the bathrooms in the front lobby....BE CAREFUL
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