April 15, 2010
After 30 years of sitting empty, the historic Baptist Temple on North Broad Street reopened yesterday as a beautiful performing arts center on Temple University’s campus. Established in 1891 for Temple founder Russel Conwell’s congregation, the Baptist Temple lies at the Northern end of the Avenue of the Arts, and promises to bring new vitality to both Temple and the Philadelphia community at large.
The extensive $30-million renovation included the complete restoration of the Romanesque facade, while the inside of the building boasts a modern design with high ceilings, intricate stained glass windows and a thrust stage that extends into the theater, which seats more than 1,200 people across 36,000 square feet.
A variety of concerts, dance and dramatic performances are scheduled year-round. Upcoming performances include the Mendelssohn Club Chorus on April 24, Temple University Choirs on April 28 and Percussion Ensemble on April 29, as well as the Chamber OIrchestra of Philadelphia on May 10 featuring Rossini’s Ouverture L’Italiana in Algeri, BrossÃ©’s I Loved You and Beethoven’s Symphony Number Eight.
For tickets, visit the Baptist Temple’s website.
The Baptist Temple
1837 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19122