Metropolitan Theater Manila…. The way it was!

Completed in 1935, to the design of eminent Filipino architect Juan Arellano, this supreme example of art deco architecture was once Manila’s focal venue for performances ranging from vaudeville to opera. It fell into disuse in the 1960s, was meticulously restored in the following decade, but has once again fallen into disrepair. But even in the building’s present state, it is still possible to admire such art deco gems as the bronze statues of female figures placed along the top of the facade.

The Metropolitan Theather Manila used to be the Asia’s finest theather…

After the World War II

3 Comments so far

  1. Anna (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2006 @ 11:08 pm

    I feel a pang every time I pass by the Metropolitan Theater on my way to Malate. It is so sad that the government is not making any real effort to restore such gems like this building.

  2. eric aka senor enrique (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

    Wow! Thanks for sharing. It is indeed a very interesting Art Deco building. I hope Mayor Atienza will do something about it like renovate it completely.

  3. riz (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 12:37 am

    Anybody who has heard of Gloria Selga, singer of the 70’s. She used to perform in Metropolitan theater.

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