Abandoned Metropolitan Theater
Currently, the Manila Metropolitan Theater continues to physically deteriorate because of the lack of historical consciousness and aesthetic sense of some according to the accounts of Montinola. Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), the Manila City Hall, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) had an agreement in reviving the historical theater.
Developments grow in its surrounding area. An example of this is a bus terminal and a parking structure that have both been constructed at the back of the theater.
Vandalism, political advertisements, promotional materials and trash now degrades the heritage theater. The theater has been protected using pieces of wood, scrap electrical wires and rundown plywood. Help continuous to pour in but lacks any concrete actions.
On June 11, 2015, it was the announced that the theater was sold by the GSIS to the NCCA for 270 million pesos. An assessment is being done to determine the cost of restoration, which was initially estimated at another 270 million pesos. It is planned to transform it into a “people’s theater”, as opposed to the Cultural Center of the Philippines, which is for high-end consumers.
Juan Arellano, one of the first pensionados in architecture and designed the Manila Metropolitan Theater in January 1930. He was sent to the United States to be guided by one of the experts in designing theaters, Thomas W. Lamb of Shreve and Lamb.