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Metropolitan Theater Manila August 2006

The Manila Metropolitan Theatre is an art deco building designed by the Filipino architect Juan M. de Guzman Arellano, and inaugurated on December 10, 1931, with a capacity of 1670 (846 orchestra, 116 in loge, and 708 in balcony)[1]. During the liberation of Manila by the United States and Filipino forces in 1945, the theatre was severely damaged, losing its some of its roofing and walls battered. After reconstruction by the Americans it gradually fell into disuse in the 1960’s. In the following decade it was meticulously restored in 1978 but again fell into decay. Recently, a bus terminal and parking building has been constructed at the back of the theatre. The city of Manila, with the help of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is planning a rehabilitation of the theatre.

The sculptures in the façade of the Theatre are from the Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti, who lived in Manila from 1930 until his death in 1958, and worked closely together with J.M. de Guzman Arellano[2]. Highly stylized relief carving of Philippine plants executed by the artist Isabelo Tampingco decorate the lobby walls and interior surfaces of the building.

The theater was closed in 1996 due to ownership disputes between the City of Manila Administration and the GSIS.

The theater is located on Padre Burgos Street near the Manila Post Office which was also designed by Architect Arellano.

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References

  1. ^ Nicanor Tiongson, 1978 reopening souvenir of the Metropolitan Theatre during President Ferdinand Marcos
  2. ^ Sculptural treasures by Francesco Riccardo Monti - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

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