The Met Philadelphia set to reopen with milestone concert in December

The landmark Philly venue is in the final phase of a $56 million restoration project.

Ian Bush
September 10, 2018 - 5:41 pm
A rendering of The Met Philadelphia, which will officially open in December.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — One of the city's oldest performance venues will soon be new again.

The Met Philadelphia is in the final phase of a $56 million restoration project, which will officially open in December.

The first to take the stage will be Bob Dylan on Dec. 3, who will play his 50th show in the Philadelphia area — a fitting milestone to usher in a new era at The Met and for North Broad Street.

"Having this historical gem brought back online and what it was intended to be — a place for good music. So we're excited," said City Council President Darrell Clarke.

Other popular artists to perform include Charlie Wilson, Weezer, Jim Gaffigan, Lindsey Stirling and John Oliver. 

A rendering of The Met Philadelphia, which will officially open in December.
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Built in 1908 as the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House by Oscar Hammerstein, the venue underwent several generations of different uses, including a movie theater, a venue for basketball and boxing, a vocational school, a gospel concert hall, and, most recently, a place for the Church of the Holy Ghost to hold its services.

In its prime, it was said to be the largest theater in the world.

Even regular church services will continue at The Met when it reopens, which is partnered with Live Nation, Eric Blumenfeld and Holy Ghost Headquarters.

"We wanted to make sure everybody felt they were a part of this amazing venue," said Geoff Gordon, regional president of Live Nation.

After 110 years, the future of The Met presents quite the varied bill.

"It'll be unique because it's an opera house, which means the balcony wraps around. The sound and the lights are going to be extraordinary," added Gordon.