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Everything In The Right Place: Audio Helps Revitalize A Venerable Philadelphia Theater
An inside look at the sound system renovations for a classic venue built for opera in 1908 by Oscar Hammerstein.
By Greg DeTogne • July 22, 2019

The live music scene can be a fickle landscape, with touring acts changing their size and scope along with the tastes and whims of audiences. In Philadelphia, like many other urban markets, a niche has grown for mid-sized concert venues.

Catering to this demand, Live Nation’s Fillmore Philadelphia opened in 2015 with a 2,500-capacity main room. AEG/Bowery Presents’ Franklin Music Hall (formerly the Electric Factory) is another venue of similar size, as is the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Verizon Hall at the corner of South Broad and Spruce Streets. Travel north into the suburbs, and the Tower Theater in Upper Darby holds court with a capacity of 3,119.

Then there is The Met, a reclaimed historic hall opened last December on the edge of Philly’s Center City. With a capacity of 3,400 for fully seated events and 4,000 for general admission shows, the gilded, multi-tier theater splits the difference somewhere between not-too-mid-sized and not-too-big...

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