Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center Purchasing Merriam Theatre

News   Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center Purchasing Merriam Theatre
The University of the Arts is selling the theatre to the Kimmel Center for a reported $11 million.
Merriam Theater
Merriam Theater Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC

According to, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is buying the Merriam Theater from the University of the Arts for $11 million.

The Merriam Theatre will add to the Kimmel Center’s other spaces: Verizon Hall and The Perelman Theater.

Kimmel board members raised $5 million to purchase the theatre, with an additional $5 million grant from the Willam Penn Foundation. A separate $5 million loan will cover the remainder of the cost.

The sale also means that the Merriam will undergo a series of renovations, mainly to its backstage and auditorium.

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