Metropolitan Opera House

858 N. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Metropolitan Opera House

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Built by Oscar Hammerstein Sr. as the second and final of what was to be a chain of opera houses. Was the largest theater of its kind in the world when it opened. Adapted to motion pictures in the 1920s. As of 1994 this theater was still standing, intact but deteriorated.

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EAGLE8
EAGLE8 on July 23, 2006 at 11:04 pm

MY MEMORIES OF THE MET!

IN ABOUT 1955, EVANGELIST JACK COE, CAME FROM DALLAS, TEXAS AND HELD A LARGE CITY WIDE HEALING REVIVAL AT THE MET.
THE POWER OF GOD WAS SO UNIQUE, THAT THOUSANDS WERE SAVED AND HEALED IN THE 2 SERVICES DAILY! OFTEN, THE
CROWDS WOULD GEATHER FOR THE NIGHT SERVICE, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY… AND THE FIRE DEPT WOULD SHUT THE DOORS,
AS THE BUILDING WAS ALREADY FULL TO CAPACITY!

DURING THAT REVIVAL, I WAS 14 YRS. OF AGE AND ATTENDING BRO. COE’S CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IN DALLAS. HE HAD PRAIED OVER MY HANDS, TO PLAY HEALING MUSIC TO THE NATIONS, WHEN I WAS 13! GOD GAVE ME A MIRACLE AND IN 4 WEEKS, I WAS PLAYING FOR
HIS CHURCH. LATER (ASSSITING HIS CRUSADE ORGANIST JIMMY ARNOLD) UNDER THE BIG TENT IN WASH. DC, WHERE THE CROWDS
GREW TO OVER 20,000 PEOPLE!

AS HE WAS FINISHING HIS CRUSADE AT THE MET, HE CALLED MY FATHER (EVANG. BUFORD DOWELL SR)WHO WAS THEN PREACHING
IN HIS 12TH WEEK OF REVIVAL IN DALLAS, AND ASK HIM TO COME TO PHILA AND TAKE OVER THE MET, AND CONTINUE THE REVIVAL
THERE!

MY FATHER PRAYED ABOUT IT AND FELT IT WAS NOT GODS WILL FOR HIM TO PASTOR IN PHILA.

REV. COE THEN INVITED DR. THEA JONES TO COME TO THE MET AND HE WAS THE DIRECTOR AND PASTOR, PRIOR TO THE PRESENT
MINISTY THERE!

LATER IN ABOUT 59, I CAME TO THE MET AS THE CHURCH ORGANIST FOR DR. JONES AND ALSO FOR HIS NEW YORK CHURCH.

THOSE WE’RE MIGHTY DAYS OF REVIVAL AND MANY WE’RE HEALED BY THE POWER OF GOD.

ONE OF MY BEST JOYS, WAS WHEN THE MET WOULD HAVE GOSPEL SINGING CONCERTS ON SAT. NIGHT!

MY APT, WAS OFF THE STAGE AND I THEN MET AND WAS ASKED TO PLAY THE ORGAN FOR CLARA WARD, THE CARAVANS, SAM COOK
AND THE SOUL STIRRERS, AND SEVERAL OTHERS.

I WAS THE ONLY WHITE BOY THEIR, BUT MY LORD .. DID WE HAVE A GOOD TIME!

IT HELPED SHAPED MY OWN MUSIC STYLE, TO PLAY “HOLY GHOST, CAMPMEET'N, REVIVAL STYLE MUSIC!

OVER 35 YRS, I HAVE TRAVELED 54 NATIONS (OVER 4,000,000 MILES) WITH JACK COE, WILLIAM BRANHAM, A A ALLEN, R W SHAMBACH, MORRIS CERULLO, JOHN H. OSTEEN, AND MOST OF THE FAMOUS HEALING MINISTRIES…. IN THE WORLDS LARGEST GIANT TENT
CRUSADES IN AMERICA!

GOD HAS BLESSED US TO CONDUCT SOME 119 INTERNATIONAL MISSIONARY CRUSADES AND LEED MULTITUDES TO CHRIST!

PHILIDELPHIA… GET READY! GOD SAVES THE BEST WINE FOR THE LAST…AND A MIGHTY HOLY GHOST OUT POURING IS GOING TO FALL
ON PHILIDELIPHA, LIKE RAIN OUT OF HEAVEN!

GOD WILL SHAKE YOUR CITY (AND MANY OTHERS) WITH HIS MIGHTY END TIME VISITATION …. UNTIL PEOPLE MOVE TO PHILY, BECAUSE
OF THE POWER OF GOD THERE!!

HE WANTS TO USE YOU! HE HAS A DESTINY FOR YOUR LIFE, WILL YOU LET HIM TAKE OVER CONTROLL??

DO IT… IN CHRIST NAME!!!

IN “HIM”–

BUFORD DOWELL /DIR

EAGLE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION,
WWW.EI-TENTS.COM

PH: 214-282-8194.


“ IN CHRIST… IS LIFE! ”

NaimaA
NaimaA on July 24, 2006 at 12:59 am

The actual commitment from the state as of 7/13/06 (press conference held on site with state representatives) is $1m. We are also expecting an additional $500,000 per a 7/11 meeting with another state official. It will probably take approximately one year for the grants to be processed. We Will keep you posted. Thank you so much for your interest and support.
GwenW.
Project Coordinator

RickB
RickB on August 6, 2006 at 11:13 am

A recent Philadelphia Inquirer story here and a picture slideshow here.

acmorrison
acmorrison on August 23, 2006 at 11:52 am

The Met is planning to celebrate its restoration with a kick-off festival on September 23, 2006 on Broad Street at the theater. It should be a great party; come if you are in the neighborhood!

RichardDunnSA
RichardDunnSA on May 22, 2007 at 10:27 am

My dad was a Voice of Healing Evangelist and I spent a part of my childhood roaming the cooridors of this great building when I wasn’t in church. We often stayed in the apartment on the top floor of the MET. A night I would sit in the upper balcony looking over the vaste auditorium. Mahalia Jackson sang for my dad’s meeting and we met other men who shared their ministry in the city.

Though it was built for theatrical and operatic performance, It was a place where many people came broken and lonely and found an exciting spirited worship service, with a challenging message of Christ’s love for the fallen and broken. A lot of good came out of those services. Personally, I saw the power of God demonstrated, for others it was a new spiritual beginning. One Baptist Deacon, Dr. Benjamin Smith came one night and felt called to start a church in North Philly, It became The Deliverance Evagelistic Church starting with 62 people growing to more than 5,000. My dad helped start that church as well. Thanks for putting this info out there. Blessings,

RichardSA

EAGLE8
EAGLE8 on May 22, 2007 at 1:58 pm

TO-RICHARD!

PLEASE EMAIL ME, AT: “ "
I’D LIKE TO TALK WITH YOU!

SEE MY POSTING ABOVE.

THANKS-

REV. BUFORD DOWELL


“ IN CHRIST … IS LIFE”

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 22, 2007 at 2:41 pm

There are two photos on this page:
http://tinyurl.com/22pucr

RickB
RickB on October 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Developer Eric Blumenfeld joins with owner to try to get restoration off the ground. Philadelphia Inquirer story here.

RickB
RickB on February 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm

“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 6:36 pm

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

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