Metropolitan Opera House
858 N. Broad Street,
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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. 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. It stood unused unit 1995 when the current church, Holy Ghost Headquarters, purchased the building. They only use the main floor. The building is intact but deteriorated.
In 2017 renovation work began to restore the Metropolitan Opera House to become a live music venue with a proposed opening in December 2018.
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