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|Seating type||General admission|
|Opened||1968–1973 (first incarnation)
1994–present (second incarnation)
It was originally founded by Herbert Spivak, and his brothers Jerry Spivak and Allen Spivak. They eventually hired Larry Magid as their first general manager, who later came to be part owner in the company.
The original "Electric Factory" 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.
The "Electric Factory" was resurrected circa late 1994 or early 1995 and now stands at the current site (located at 421 N. 7th Street between Willow and Spring Garden Streets) which is an actual converted electric factory.
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.
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