Historical Metropolitan Opera House rebirth is under way, beginning with Jazz Lives Philadelphia’s gig on 11/26

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The Met | from facebook.com/JazzLivesPhiladelphia
The Met | from facebook.com/JazzLivesPhiladelphia

I’ve always believed a venue or concert hall doesn’t just enhance the sound of that night’s performers, but perfects the entire experience of going to a concert. While beautifully constructed venues such as Union Transfer and the Tower Theater have taken my personal cake recently, an old friend is about to re-enter that race.

The historical Metropolitan Opera House is opening its doors on November 26th after over 20 years of being closed to the public to house Jazz Lives Philadelphia‘s latest show “Jazz at the Met.” According to a report on Naked Philly, the building is being renovated, with plans for an office space and a 3,500 cap theater managed by Four Corners, operators of UT and Boot and Saddle. (CORRECTION: It was previously reported that Four Corners are operators of Union Transfer and Boot and Saddle. This is incorrect — Four Corners Management is no longer involved with those venues, and those venues are not connected to The Met. The Key regrets the error.)

Built back in 1908 by impresario Oscar Hammerstein I, the opera house has gone through countless owners and uses, from a luxurious hotel to, more recently, a place of worship. Returning to its roots as a musical venue, the show itself is free for all ages, hoping to draw all looking to explore the history ridden building and listen to some damn good tunes.

Artists are yet to be announced, but whatever the lineup may be, the night should be a step back in time for all attendees. More information about the show can be found here, and check out Curbed Philadelphia’s piece on the history of the building here.

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