During the end of World War 2 in 1945, heavy bombardment by
US forces seriously damaged the theatre and destroyed the
northern wing, the original roofing, walls and relief sculptures.
Even after post-war reconstruction funded by the US, the theater
never recovered its original grandeur and gradually fell into disuse
in the 1960’s. The building was restored in the 1970s but again
fell into neglect.
This is how it looks like.
|The whole building was designed in an Art Deco style by architect Juan Arellano since the Art Deco style was one of the most sought after designs across the world at that point of time|
from a bloggers detailed description and I quote: "Sadly, the building is now totally closed and all the rooms are all dilapidated and completely covered with dust. I must admit, I kept on imagining that the place was still beautiful while walking around the building. I tried to think that place was still busy but the creepy hall and worries about our safety just cant help me concentrate in imagining the place in its glorious past." endquote
that resulted in the construction of several Egyptian-themed movie theaters across
the country. The Egyptian Deco Metropolitan Theater was Houston's most elaborate
downtown movie palace. Behind its traditional Main Street façade, the Metropolitan’s
ornate interior was covered in Art Deco zigzags and stylized interpretations of ancient
designed by Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti, who lived in Manila from 1930
until his death in 1958. Monti worked closely with De Guzmán Arellano and created
highly stylized relief carving of Philippine plants executed by artist Isabelo Tampingco.
The elegant sculptures decorated the lobby walls and interior surfaces of the building.
Here are some more pics taken atop the Met
During the liberation of Manila by the United States and Filipino forces in 1945, the theatre
was severely damaged, losing some of its roofing and destroying some of the walls. After
reconstruction by the Americans it gradually fell into disuse in the 1960s. In the following
decade it was meticulously restored in 1978 but again fell into decay.
|DARE TO WALK ALONE AT NIGHT?|