The Met Philadelphia is rising once again, bringing music back to North Broad Street.
The venue was originally built by Oscar Hammerstein in 1908 as the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House. It would later be a movie house, church and ballroom over the years before undergoing its recent $56 million restoration under the stewardship of Live Nation.
The iconic venue had a legendary first performer in the redesigned space as Bob Dylan took the stage Monday night.
The new concert venue (artists including John Legend, Meek Mill, Ween and Weezer are set to play in the coming days and months) is being hauled as “the crown jewel of North Broad Street’s renaissance. There are several other projects either underway or completed on the stretch of Broad street north of Spring Garden Street.
Hammerstein’s son, Oscar Hammerstein IV, and his great grandson, Will, joined Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and other city dignitaries at a Monday ribbon cutting ceremony.