As the unveiling of the new Met Philadelphia approaches, the group behind the renovated venue is giving a glimpse into what the new place will look like when it opens late this year.
Live Nation Philadelphia released renderings of the newly renovated Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House on North Broad Street last week. The images show a sleek entryway and corridor on the first floor, with a bar.
“(The Met) will be a fusion of signature entertainment, remarkable food, and unparalleled VIP guest experiences,” Live Nation said in a statement with the renderings.
The venue itself features an open, almost art deco ceiling in gold, with red carpeting, and a purple backdrop on the stage.
“These spectacular images help define the concepts we’re developing that will provide the ultimate concert experience for our guests with the best sight lines, crystal clear sound and so much more,” said Geoff Gordon, Live Nation Philadelphia’s regional president.
The nearly 4,000-square-foot theater, which was left untouched for a long time, was originally built in 1908, designed by architect William H. McElfatrick for Oscar Hammerstein I, the grandfather of Oscar Hammerstein II. When it opened, it was the largest theater of its kind in the world, seating 4,000 people.
Almost two years ago, developer Eric Blumenfeld started renovating the theater and signed Live Nation on as a tenant. Now, they expect the renovations to be complete in December, 2018.
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