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The Mann's Mission

The Mann Center—situated in historic Fairmount Park—seeks to advance its position as one of the nation’s leading outdoor summer performing arts festivals by:

  • Creating a broad spectrum of high quality, compelling, accessible and fun, communal entertainment experiences in its acclaimed multi-stage campus.
  • Providing leadership in arts education, through innovative and high impact collaborative educational activities for young people throughout the Philadelphia region.
  • Being a deeply valued civic asset to everyone in the Philadelphia region and a responsible community stakeholder in West Philadelphia and our immediate neighborhoods.  Read more...

The Mann's History

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts was founded in 1935 under the name Robin Hood Dell Concerts, as the summer venue for the concert presentations of the world famous Philadelphia Orchestra (known from 1935-1976 as The Robin Hood Dell Orchestra in the summer). The Center moved into its present outdoor facility in 1976, and subsequently was designated the Mann Music Center in honor of Frederic R. Mann, a Philadelphia businessman who supported the cause of summer musical performances in Fairmount Park. In 1998, the facility was renamed to “The Mann Center for the Performing Arts” to reflect the Center’s plans to broaden its programming and service to the overall community.

The West Fairmount Park theater has the capacity of 14,000 patrons, including 4,500 under cover. Mann serves more than 180,000 patrons annually, presenting diverse musical genres including classical, pops, jazz, rhythm & blues, rock & roll, indie, and country. Read more...