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, 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.
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