The Met Philadelphia opened yesterday after an 18-month, $56 million restoration in partnership with Live Nation, Eric Blumenfeld and Holy Ghost Headquarters. Bob Dylan performed the first concert Monday (Dec. 3) night at the 3,500-cap reopened concert hall, originally designed by Oscar Hammerstein and first opened in 1908 as the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House.
Prior to the show, a ribbon cutting ceremony brought out Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney, City Council president Darrell L. Clarke, WDAS-FM’s Miss Patty Jackson, developer Eric Blumenfeld, pastor Mark Hatcher from the Holy Ghost Church, financial advisor Billy Procida, 215 Aphillyated’s Charlie Mack, Live Nation regional president Geoff Gordon along with Oscar and Will Hammerstein.
“For years, we have seen it: when the Uptown Theater was flourishing North Broad Street was the place to be, but unfortunately things changed,” noted Clarke. “There was some thought that maybe we would continue on the decline but the residents of North Philadelphia hung in here and this area is going to come back,” adding he hoped the Met would “transform the historic theater into the crown jewel of North Broad Street’s renaissance.”
Tonight (Dec. 4) John Legend takes the stage for A Legendary Christmas show, followed by Weezer (Dec. 12), Ween (Dec. 14) and two nights of Pentatonix (Dec. 15-16). For a complete list of events, and to learn more, click here.