Metropolitan Opera House

515 Washington Avenue,
Iowa Falls, IA 50126

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Metropolitan Opera House

The Metropolitan Opera House opened as an 831-seat playhouse on December 27, 1899. Originally seating was provided for 441 in the orchestra and 390 in the balcony.

It was designed by Eugene S. Ellsworth of Iowa Falls. In recent years it became the Metropolitan Theatre and was operated by Fridley Theatres, but in the mid-2000’s was taken over by the BigTime Cinema chain. It re-opened under new ownership in 2013 as the Metropolitan Opera Hose.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre on October 12, 2008 at 11:30 am

There is a small photo of the Met on this site:

kencmcintyre on October 12, 2008 at 12:19 pm

The additional information notes style is Italian Renaissance.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm

This appears to be the correct spelling of the name of one of the architects of this theater: Didrik A. Omeyer. Somehow the NRHP document slipped an inapposite apostrophe into his surname. He was apparently of Norwegian ancestry, not Irish, and so was his partner Martin P. Thori. Their firm was located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Chris1982 on November 16, 2014 at 12:34 am

The Mertropolitan Opera House has been independently operated since 2013. It is no longer operated by Fridley Theatres. They now go by The Metropolitan Opera House. Theyt show first run attractions. Website

DavidZornig on October 29, 2018 at 5:47 pm

Early 1900s photo added via the I grew up in Hardin County, Iowa Facebook page.

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