A Little History
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, the Metropolitan Theatre is a central edifice and cultural anchor in the Downtown Historic District. It is one of the better surviving examples of neoclassical revival architecture in the region.
The Met offers a wide array of performances from popular musical acts and touring artists to local theater and dance productions. From family movies and entertainment to concerts and live performances, here is something for everyone to see at the Met!
Past events include appearances by Tanya Tucker, the Zac Brown Band, Crowder, and Dave Mason to shows ranging from vaudeville and musicals like Mama Mia, The Nutcracker, and The Lion King Jr. Check out all of our upcoming shows on the events page.
Who We Are
On July 24, 1924 when the Metropolitan Theatre opened its doors, it was billed as “West Virginia’s most beautiful playhouse”
For the next seven decades it remained the focus of Morgantown’s cultural life and downtown, providing arts and entertainment for residents and visitor’s alike. A impressive playbill testifies to the artists and actors who have appeared on the stage such the great vaudeville acts of the 20, 30s, and 40s, to the traveling road shows of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
The Met fell on hard times in the early 1980s and was shuttered for many years. In 1990, groups of concerned citizens began efforts to renovate and revitalize the Met. In 2003, the Met was gifted to the City of Morgantown and is now operated and maintained by the Department of Arts & Cultural Development.
The Met now plays host to a great variety of touring and local performances each year. The Met supports thriving arts and culture in Morgantown for nearly 100 years and counting.
Come take in a show, see a concert, or a film . . . and as always, Enjoy the show!
Parking and General Policies
Paid parking is available in municipal lots and parking garages. Limited street parking is available downtown. ParkMobile is available in all metered lots and spaces.
For parking locations and additional information, visit parkmpa.com
The Metropolitan Theatre closely follows the guidelines and recommendations of the Monongalia County Health Department which, at this time, does not have any restrictions or requirements regarding COVID vaccination proof, testing, or masks. The City of Morgantown and The Metropolitan Theatre strongly suggest, for your own protection and the protection of others, that masks be worn at all times when in a general public setting.
For the safety and comfort of all artists, patrons and staff of the Metropolitan Theatre please comply with the following guidelines:
- No backpacks or large bags or purses are allowed into the theatre
- No cameras, audio or video recording
- No outside food or drinks are permitted