“The Arts Ballroom is where historical distinction meets contemporary style.”

Each event includes exclusive use of our 10,000 square foot customizable space!

Capturing the elegance of a bygone era, the Arts Ballroom is a beautiful setting for life’s feature occasions. Our floor plan boasts a magnificent Grand Ballroom, signature granite staircase, a mirrored Sylvania Room, and a Lounge & Mezzanine overlooking the full venue. Our customizable 10,000 square foot space lends best to events from 300-550 guests. Located in the Avenue of the Arts District, blocks from City Hall and the Convention Center, the Arts Ballroom is a hidden gem amongst Philadelphia’s most distinguished institutions dedicated to arts, culture, education, and entertainment.

Formal Wedding Seating: 100-230 guests

Cocktail Formats: 300-550 guests


Featuring mahogany doors, hardwood floors, French imported stretch acoustic ceiling, a marble fireplace, and a stunning granite staircase, the Grand Ballroom embodies elegance. The Grand Ballroom can host a wide array of events including weddings, mitzvahs, corporate functions, galas, milestone events, fashion shows, and product launches. This Ballroom can formally seat 230 guests and hold 250 guests for cocktail formats.


Distinguished and stately, the Sylvania Room is adjacent to the Grand Ballroom. This Ballroom is often used for cocktail receptions for up to 300 guests or plated dinners for up to 100 seated guests. Adorned in crystal chandeliers, a myriad of mirrors, and a top-shelf backlit marble bar, this room radiates grace and panache.

Longwell Winning Wedding - Arts Ballroom


Stylish yet sophisticated, the Lounge neighbors the Grand Ballroom. Warm and inviting, the Mezzanine offers a grand showcase for art, music or fashion performances. Highlights of the Mezzanine include two exclusive suites with private adjoining restroom and Juliet balconies overlooking the Ballroom – perfect for bridal parties or “behind the scenes” needs!

Floor Plan


Formal Wedding Seating: 100-230 guests

Cocktail Formats: 300-550 guests

The Elegance of a Bygone Era


“The Arts Ballroom was developed as an ode to the timeless classic gala. The grandeur of the ballroom entices the mystery of galas held in our very walls during the prohibition era.”

The Hotel Sylvania was built in 1923 as one of the first high rise French inspired hotels in Philadelphia. It was the second largest hotel in the city at the time of its opening and it quickly became a popular destination for members of Philly’s organized crime families. The Sylvania remained popular even as the prohibition era ended, largely by virtue of its proximity to Broad Street. The Sylvania remained in operation for the next several decades. The Sylvania would be converted into the Arts Condominium, catering to the bohemian set of apartment dwellers particular to the Avenue. In addition to its preservation of the original edifice, the Arts Condominium, in 2008, invited an external contractor to convert the hotel’s original first-floor ballroom and theatre into the stunning present-day Arts Ballroom.

In May 2008 Indian Creek Investments, LLC purchased the space that was the former Ballroom & Theater of the Hotel Sylvania (presently, Arts Condominium). Spector Design Company, the world-renowned New York architectural firm, was hired to create plans for a uniquely beautiful special events venue. The plans involved substantial changes in both floor plans and overall design concept. The project was completed in March 2011.