Electric Factory

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Electric Factory
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Owner Larry Magid
Type Indoor theater
Seating type General admission
Capacity 2,500–3,000[1]
Opened 1968–1973 (first incarnation)
1994–present (second incarnation)

The Electric Factory is a concert venue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, located at 421 N. 7th Street between Willow and Spring Garden Streets in a converted electric factory. It opened in 1994 and was named for the original Electric Factory (see below).

The standing-room-only capacity is approximately 2,500 to 3,000 people, including the second-floor area which overlooks the stage from stage left. Spectators in this area often have the bonus of being able to view a portion of the backstage.

The venue features a variety of musical acts in the rap, electronic, heavy metal, rock, grunge, and pop genres.

The Factory was host to the filming of Underoath, Yellowcard and Lamb of God's live DVDs, and most recently, The Starting Line, along with a live recording from The Fray. The Philadelphia based jamtronica band, The Disco Biscuits, have played more shows (most of them sold out) in the history of The Electric Factory than any other band.

Electric Factory, 1968-1973[edit]

The original Electric Factory was founded by Herbert Spivak, and his brothers Jerry Spivak and Allen Spivak. They hired Larry Magid to be their first general manager; Magid later came to be part owner in the company.

The original venue was a converted tire warehouse at 22nd and Arch Streets, which opened in 1968, and was originally called the "Electric Factory and Flea Market." A few doors down on the north side of Arch Street, between 21st and 22nd streets, was the first concert venue in that area, independent of the Electric Factory, a place called the "Trauma." The first performers, on February 2, 1968, were the Chambers Brothers. The building closed in 1973, and was eventually torn down and replaced with condominiums.

Coincident with the venue, Electric Factory Concerts began as a concert promotions firm, also owned by Larry Magid.[2] It went on to become the dominant concert promoter in Philadelphia.


  1. ^ http://www.ticketluck.com/venues/Electric-Factory/index.php
  2. ^ "Making Philly Electric". Philly.com. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 

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