Metropolitan Theatre

515 Washington Avenue,
Iowa Falls, IA 50126

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The Metropolitan Opera House opened as a playhouse on December 27, 1899. Originally seating was provided for 441 in the orchestra and 390 in the balcony (total 831).

It was designed by Eugene S. Ellsworth of Iowa Falls. In recent years it was operated by Fridley Theatres, but in the mid-2000’s was taken over by the BigTime Cinema chain

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 12, 2008 at 11:30 am

There is a small photo of the Met on this site:
http://tinyurl.com/4qp59w

kencmcintyre
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.

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