Our Venue

Located in Philadelphia’s Chinatown North neighborhood, Asian Arts Initiative is a multidisciplinary arts center where all people — across experience and skill levels, age, race, and class backgrounds — can view and create art that reflects our lives, as well as think critically and creatively about the future we want to build for our communities.

Our multi-tenant arts facility, built in 1906, first served as a film screening and storage house for Duquesne Amusement & Supply Co (owned by the three eldest of the Warner Brothers), before later being converted into a medical supply depot for the Great Influenza epidemic of 1918-20. With a storied history throughout the 20th Century, today it serves as a resource for the broader cultural community, with individual artist studios as well as organizational and program space — including room for workshops and meetings; gallery and exhibition areas; and a black-box-style theater. Our building community is comprised of long-term and short-term tenants: mission-aligned service and arts organizations, artists, community groups, and more.


An artist singing and playing their guitar at the Asian American Artist Town Hall.

Be part of a diverse community of tenants, or take advantage of our distinctive and centrally located building in an emerging arts district for your next event!

We have several spaces that can be rented on an hourly, daily, weekly or longer-term basis — perfect for performances, rehearsals, meetings, mixers and other various social, professional, and cultural events.

For more information about long-term office space and artist studio rentals, please contact [email protected]

First Floor

Second Floor

Third Floor

Black Box Theater
Studio B
Studio D
Event Hall