In November of 2016 it was reported that the historic Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House was being developed to be a music venue, office space and a restaurant. Today, Curbed Philly reports that the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s architectural committee “unanimously approved plans to install multiple 1930s-era LED signs on the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House on North Broad,” and that Live Nation has “signed onto the project.”
According to Curbed Philly:
The Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House at 858 N. Broad Street was built in 1908 by Oscar Hammerstein I, the grandfather of Oscar Hammerstein II. Designed by architect William H. McElfatrick, it sat some 4,000 people and was the largest theater of its kind in the world. But after Hammerstein I fell into debt and sold the property, the theater went on to play many roles, from a movie theater, to a circus venue, a ballroom, and most recently, a church for the Holy Ghost congregation.
Renovations for the Met are estimated to be $35 million dollars, with addition money still needed to be raised, and the project is being developed by Eric Blumenfeld. We’ll have more updates as the project unfolds.
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