Ann Cohen was standing in the lobby of the Kimmel Center not long ago as a film was about to start in the Perelman Theater. Across the Kimmel plaza in Verizon Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra was warming up.
“Philadelphia’s getting back to being Philadelphia, where there are at least six things a night to choose from,” said Cohen, a frequent culture consumer from Roxborough.
Artists, actors, and musicians might be getting back to stages and galleries in the region after what has been, for many groups, a painfully long hiatus forced by the pandemic. But are audiences returning?
“The arts can really revive activity and life downtown, and every time we have hundreds or thousands of people at a performance it’s another indicator that we’re beginning to get over the shock to the system that is the pandemic,” says Matias Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of the parent company of the