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Metropolitan Theatre

The project at the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown, West Virginia, included both design assist services as well as decorative treatment techniques by John Canning & Co.

Metropolitan Theatre Restoration


Location: Morgantown, WV Built: 1924 Architect: Charles W. Bates Style: Classical Revival Status: National Historic Landmark


John Canning & Co. was selected as a specialty contractor for the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Classical Revival theater was designed by Charles W. Bates and completed in 1924. As the specialty contractor for the restoration of the Metropolitan Theatre, John Canning & Co. conducted research and hands-on investigation of the historic finishes, exposed original colors and decoration and reinstated the original design using traditional methods and materials. The scope of the work included decorative painting, gilding, and fabric panel installation.