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|Seating type||General admission|
1968–1973 (first incarnation)|
1995–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 1995 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 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.
In addition to being a concert venue, Electric Factory is available for Private Parties and Corporate Functions.
Electric Factory, 1968-1973
The original Electric Factory was founded by Sheldon Kaplan, Herbert Spivak, and his brothers Jerry Spivak and Allen Spivak. They soon hired Larry Magid to book all of the shows. Kaplan sold his stake in the company after the Atlantic City Pop Festival and Magid stepped up to become a partner.
The original venue was a converted tire warehouse on the northwest corner of 22nd and Arch Streets, which opened in 1968, and was originally called the "Electric Factory & 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.