Metropolitan Opera House

858 N. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Metropolitan Opera House

Built by Oscar Hammerstein Sr. as the second and final of what was to be a chain of opera houses. The Philadelphia Opera House was opened November 17, 1908. It was the largest theatre of its kind in the world when it opened. Adapted to motion pictures in the 1920’s, in 1928 it was equipped with a Moller 4 manual 39 rank theatre organ. It became a ballroom in the late-1930’s and a sports arena in the 1940’s.

It became a church in 1954 and they moved out in 1988, unable to keep up repairs on the building. The theatre had been added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 1, 1972. It stood unused until 1995 when the current church, Holy Ghost Headquarters, purchased the building. They only use the main floor. The building is intact but badly deteriorated.

In 2017 a $56m renovation work began to restore the Metropolitan Opera House to become a live music venue operated by Live Nation and reopened on December 3, 2018 with a concert by Bob Dylan.

Contributed by Matthew Horner

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RickB
RickB on February 16, 2013 at 9:39 am

“You can’t walk through the Metropolitan Opera House without hearing the walls telling stories. Once you get sucked into that vacuum, there is no turning back. You can’t be for tearing that down. You have to be for how do we recreate it?” Eric Blumenfeld in a Hidden City Philadelphia story on “accidental preservationists.” Includes a recent interior picture of the Met, but it’s not very different from one that’s already here.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on September 18, 2013 at 10:36 am

I recently photographed the Metropolitan Opera House. Check out some photos here

RickB
RickB on February 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm

The Met was damaged by two serious fires in the post-WWII years. On February 5, 1948, flames caused $165,000 in damage to the balconies. This was followed by a four-alarm fire on April 11, 1950, that rose from the base of the stage to the roof and caused an estimated $200,000 in damages. (From Billboard, April 22, 1950, p.25.)

DanaQualley
DanaQualley on October 11, 2016 at 11:42 am

you don’t realize how big this place is until you see it without the tarp that seperates the ground floor .

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 26, 2018 at 8:02 pm

Renovation to continue, December 2018 target opening date as music venue.

https://philly.curbed.com/2018/1/26/16935824/philadelphia-metropolitan-opera-house-live-nation-blumenfeld

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 20, 2020 at 8:39 am

The website for this theatre is www.themetphilly.com In the March issue of Opera News Magazine there is an ad for a concert here next month.

MarkA
MarkA on August 10, 2020 at 5:15 pm

The theatre also was equipped with an M.P. Moller four manual, 39-rank theatre organ, built in 1928, opus #5315. It was the second largest Moller theatre organ ever built, behind the Atlanta Fox Moller (4m/42r) that was built in 1929, opus #5566. Sadly, the Met organ was to be donated to an institution in the western United States, but was destroyed by fire. Gladly, the Atlanta organ still lives on and is currently having its console rebuilt, with a “temporary” console standing in.

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