What was once known as Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House is back in business with a new look and name: The Met Philadelphia.
“In 1996, we saved it from the demolition, the city wanted to tear it down,” said Reverend Mark Hatcher. “So we saved it until, right now, for it to be restored.”
Reverend Hatcher was one of many eager to save the building.
The live entertainment complex features a massive main stage, 25 bars spread all over, and can fit up to 3,500 people.
Outside, the originally arched arcades have been fully restored and pull visitors into the gleaming lobby with flashing lights.
“Comedians, theatre, performances, dance, live music; that’s what happening at the Met,” shared Live Nation Philadelphia spokesperson Ike Richman.
“This is a building that nobody thought was going to be saved,” shared Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke.
Clarke joined Reverend Hatcher on stage for Monday’s ribbon cutting ceremony, to celebrate what’s been touted the new “crown jewel” of North Broad.
Richman shared, “It’s creating jobs in North Philadelphia. It’s creating a destination.”
The Met Philadelphia is just down the block from the recently renovated Divine Lorraine, providing new opportunities right in Temple’s backyard.
“This is so exciting not only for North Broad Street and for Philly, but for the city,” Clarke exclaimed.
Now the city has a lot to look forward to.
Performers are lined up all the way until next September. Pentatonix, PnB Rock and John Oliver highlight just a few names coming to The Met this month.
Check out their website themetphilly.com for more details.