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Metropolitan Theater

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1921–1924, Charles W. Bates. 371 High Street (west side of High St. between Fayette and Walnut sts.)
  • (West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Built at approximately the same time as Bates's Colson Hall ( ML1.8), this theater became Morgantown's main venue for live performances and first-run films. Three ground-level doorways are flanked by shops. Above, paired Ionic pilasters divide the well-proportioned Georgian Revival facade into three sections, with the central mass slightly recessed. Above the third floor, the frieze of the central section is inscribed with the word Metropolitan. The interior, with seating for 1,300 (including oversized seats for oversized patrons), carries out the classical theme with a profusion of garlands and urns.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


What's Nearby


S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Metropolitan Theater", [Morgantown, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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