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Reopening of Metropolitan Opera House Signifies Rebirth for Philadelphia’s Concert Scene

November 29, 2018 Philadelphia , PA

After undergoing a $56 million renovation financed in part by Enhanced Capital through the federal Historic Tax Credit program, the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House (The Met) is celebrating its grand reopening – and the beginning of a new chapter in Philadelphia’s entertainment scene.

After years of neglect, what was once considered the grandest opera house in Pennsylvania was closed in the 1950s. Now, the newly renovated 100-year-old building, originally built by famed lyricist Oscar Hammerstein I, features art deco elements, 25 bars and a 3,400-seat theater that’s reflective of the building’s storied history.

Complementing the multimillion-dollar renovation is concert programming that will be run by Live Nation, the world’s largest concert promoter. The large stage is capable of housing arena-size tours and other acts such as John Legend, a capella group Pentatonix and HBO comic John Oliver, who will all be performing throughout the holidays. Kicking off the concert programming is legend Bob Dylan, who will perform at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 3.

The grand reopening was recently featured by the news network Curbed. The article includes photos of the beautifully restored interior spaces.

“The ribbon cutting marks the completion of The Met’s $56 million restoration into the crown jewel of North Broad Street’s renaissance, which has seen a neighborhood revitalization through several other major redevelopment projects,” representatives for The Met Philly said.

To read more about the grand opening, click here.


*Rendering taken from Curbed Philadelphia article.