A historic opera house on Philadelphia's North Broad Street is set to be transformed into a Live Nation-managed concert venue following a $45-million rehab of the block-long, 3,500-capacity venue. Originally built by Oscar Hammerstein in 1908, the Metropolitan Opera House is being redeveloped by builder Eric Blumenfeld and is set to open in September 2018.
"For any historic venue, it takes a while to plan and make sure you restore it in the right way," Geoff Gordon, regional president of Live Nation tells Billboard. "Eric has been very careful that the building stayed true to its original form."
The building fits nicely into Live Nation's existing portfolio of Philadelphia venues, including the the 2,400-capacity Fillmore and the 3,000-capacity Tower Theater. Competitor AEG operates the 3,000-capacity Electric Factory while the Kimmel Center operates its own 2,500-capacity venue.