According to PFS, the acquisition was made possible by a generous grant from the Wyncote Foundation, a leading supporter of arts and culture in Philadelphia. Since 1984, the American Music Theater Festival and the Prince Music Theater have helped the cultivation of culture in Philadelphia through musical theatre productions. The theatre also has a long history in film, opening as the Karlton Theater in 1921 before changing to the Midtown Theater in 1950 where it showed first-run films until 1995. It boasts the largest screen in Philadelphia.
PFS will now be in charge of programming at the Prince, and one of the first performances will be the hip hop musical The Last Jimmy from The Roots’ Dice Raw. The theatre will also welcome back long-term tenants, such as the Curtis Institute of Music, who will be performing at the venue this May, with additional programming to be announced later this spring.
For more information visit filmadelphia.org.