Come December 2018, ongoing revitalization along North Broad Street gets another boost with the opening of The Met Philadelphia, a brand-new performance space and music venue.
THE MET PHILADELPHIA FAST FACTS
- The Met Philadelphia opens on North Broad Street December 3, 2018 with Bob Dylan and His Band.
- The former Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House will become a state-of-the-art entertainment venue.
- Concerts, cabaret performances, Cirque-type spectacles and eSports events will grace the venue’s stage.
- The 110,000-square-foot complex will seat 3,500 people.
The Live Nation entertainment complex will open at 858 N. Broad Street, just north of the iconic Divine Lorraine Hotel, a historic space that recently reopened after more than a decade of vacancy followed by redevelopment.
The Met Philadelphia transforms the historic and long-shuttered Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House into a state-of-the-art live-entertainment venue.
The $56 million renovation returns to glory the original building, which was built by Oscar Hammerstein I (grandfather of the famed American songwriter of the same name) in 1908, when it was considered the largest theater of its kind in the world.
The approximately 110,000-square-foot new venue is anchored by a spacious main theater, which can seat 3,500 people. A massive stage is capable of presenting all kinds of productions, including concerts, cabaret performances, elaborate Cirque-type spectacles and even esports events.
The theater’s design plan includes hat tips to the venue’s historic roots with fanciful woodwork decorating the ceiling and stage frame, and a dramatic curtain draping the performance area.
Besides main-floor seating, ticket holders will be able choose between several box seats and a two-tiered balcony area in the back. Chairs can also be removed from the main floor to create a general admission vibe that’s ideal for rowdier concerts and boxing events.
Each level of The Met Philadelphia will have its own bars, outdoor space and bathrooms.
On the ground floor, the lobby will be decked out with chandeliers and gleaming terrazzo flooring, which was restored from the old structure and still retains the original Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House crest.
There will also be a full-service bar there, where folks can grab beer, wine and cocktails and mingle with fellow guests before a show.
For more pre- and post-show fun, a former ballroom will be converted into a classy lounge area known as the Grand Salle.
There, guests can plop down on plush seating and order from a menu of light bites and beverages. All in-house food and drink options will be handled by Brûlée Catering.
Timeline and Upcoming Shows
The Met Philadelphia is expected to open December 3, 2018.
The events calendar is already filling up, with several major shows planned at the venue through next spring. Bob Dylan and His Band kick things off on opening night. Kurt Vile & The Violators (December 29) and “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver (December 30-31) help close out 2018. English singer-songwriter James Bay brings his Electric Light Tour to North Broad Street on March 9, 2019, while Dancing With the Stars toe-tapper Derek Hough puts on a dance performance on June 14.
More on North Broad Street
The Met Philadelphia is one of several exciting revival projects energizing this area of Broad Street, many projects thanks to the work of the North Broad Street Renaissance service district.
The storied Divine Lorraine Hotel was recently rehabbed into an upscale apartment building and will soon also house retail and chef-driven restaurants.
Phase I of the Rail Park opened to the public in June. That development may eventually transform three miles of abandoned railroad tracks into a lush, elevated public park that rivals New York’s High Line.
Don’t miss the chance to witness the rebirth of this stunning and game-changing new performance space in Philadelphia!