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The Trocadero Theatre

1003 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2307
+1 215-922-6888
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go for the shows

I recently attended another show at the Troc with Philly natives the Dead Milkmen. We lined up... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
hershey, PA
Nice concert venu / reasonably priced

If it's going to be packed arrive early for beverages even though there's several bars. Recommend... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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The Trocadero Theatre was first opened in 1870, offering musical comedies and traveling minstrel shows under the name Arch Street Opera House. Later, vaudeville and burlesque came to its stage with notable professional showgirls performing burlesque during the 1950’s. The Theatre was refurbished in the late 1970’s for use as an art house cinema and fine arts theatre. In the 1980’s, the Theatre was remodeled as a dance club and finally for its current use as a concert hall and live music venue.Although the Theatre has undergone many notable changes, the utmost care has been taken to upkeep and modernize the facility while retaining its historical character. The Trocadero is the only 19th century Victorian theater still in operation in the United States. It is listed on the U.S. Register of Historic Places.
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1003 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2307
+1 215-922-6888
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently attended another show at the Troc with Philly natives the Dead Milkmen. We lined up early 630 for an open door at 7pm. the bouncer was a little obnoxious by repeatedly yelling in patrons faces to line up 5 in a row counting...More

Thank traysea77
Reviewed 14 February 2017

If it's going to be packed arrive early for beverages even though there's several bars. Recommend using coat check, don't drop anything on the floor if you do leave whatever it is, even a fifty :) felt safe plenty of security and not overwhelming.

Thank missionbox
Reviewed 14 December 2016

The Troc is a great venue for edgy rock shows. The vintage space offers a great carnival atmosphere and it can be a real fun house with the right bands and crowd.

Thank Kent L
Reviewed 24 October 2016

The troc is a nice place to see a show. It's a small, intimate venue for sure. The only complaints I have were the small bathroom facilities and staff not knowing what bar was open during the performance.

Thank Eric S
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

I love the Troc! I've been here loads of times and it is always a blast! The bouncers are in general nice and look out for you and I've never felt intimidated (20s female). There is a wild selection of performers here. The crowds that...More

Thank nualaloula
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Was here for a comedy show. It general admission (or it was for the comedy show), so I would recommend getting there at least 30 minutes before the show starts, as the line starts to wrap around the block. The theatre is small, with folding...More

1  Thank njanimallover8
Reviewed 27 June 2016

I have been here a few times for concerts. It's right on the edge of Chinatown and attracts loads of different types. It barely has any street presence and you can walk by it if you are not careful. The inside hasn't been renovated since...More

Thank nualaloula
Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

A small little venue on the outside, but bigger on the inside. Plenty of standing room and refreshments aren't too overly priced. My only problem is there was literally only one table in the standing area so finding a place to set down my drink...More

Thank Alex L
Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

This theatre dates back to the 1850's which is why people think it is too old but that is it's beauty. Being so old Abraham Lincoln caught 2 shows here (1862 & 1864 ). It then was a vaudeville theatre and by the 1950's it...More

Thank chaz r
Reviewed 3 December 2015

I've been going to the Troc since the early 90's. The punk/hardcore shows at that time were great due to no stage barriers and the bands that played there. Security has always been an issue as the staff doesn't seem to understand the volatility of...More

Thank JasonRamone
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