140 years ago on October 22nd, 1883
The original Metropolitan Opera House opens
On opening night, the opera house debuted with a performance of Faust, and over the history of the Met, Faust has been performed more than 700 times.
The building on Broadway between 39th and 40th, now known as the "old Met", was renowned for its excellent acoustics, but the backstage area was far too small, and would make storage of sets difficult during the entire 83 years that the Met was located on Broadway. A final farewell performance was given at the old Met on April 16, 1966, after which the opera moved to their new building on the Upper West Side at Lincoln Center.
Like many of the city's historic sites in the 1960s, the building failed to receive landmark status and was torn down in 1967 and replaced by a 40-story office tower at 1411 Broadway.