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Recent interior photos suggest that many original features remain, or have been restored to near original condition. There seem to be no seating fitted, nor any use of the premises at the moment.
Visited by the President of the Republic on 27 Feb, the local press in Manila recently ran several stories about the restoration of this cinema, which seems to be ongoing. This is seemingly the third restoration, one after the war, one in the Marcos era, after which the cinema was allowed fall into decay. Seemingly, the main roof has been repaired and the orchestra pit is no longer submerged in water. (The Metropolitan is close by the river, so the cinema may be vulnerable to flooding, even if the roof is fixed.) 50m pesos has been allocated and the City of Manila is managing the rehabilitation. The House of Precast is restoring the proscenium it made in the 1930s and Kraut is working on the stained glass facade.
No re-opening date was mentioned.
This page has a photo, circa mid 40s:
Here is another photo:
more updates on the metropolitan theatre
updates on the metropolitan theatre, got to this web site;
http://newsinfo inquirer. net/breakingnews /metro/view_ article.php? article_id= 72961
Architect- Juan Arellano; Restoration Architect (1970’s) Otillio Arellano; Style- Art Deco, using Philippine mottifs for the ornamentation; seating capacity- 1,670; status- closed in the mid 1990’s, still standing,but deteriorating; east wing used as office space; soon to be rehabilitated