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Orpheum Theatre

Orpheum Theatre

First Opened: 15th February 1926 (93 years ago)

Website: www.laorpheum.com Open website in new window

Telephone: (877) 677-4386 Call (877) 677-4386

Address: 842 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014 Show address in Google Maps (new window)

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 Overview

The Orpheum theatre opened in 1926 as the fourth and final Los Angeles venue for the Orpheum circuit, and the second Orpheum theatre to be built on Broadway in downtown LA. The theatre is home to a Mighty Wurlitzer organ which is still in service today. Architect G. Albert Lansburgh designed the theatre and it remains one of his most elaborate examples, including plush fittings throughout the theatre and lobbies.

By the start of the 1930s the Orpheum changed its main programming from vaudeville to movies, and by 1932 business was so bad that the theatre was sadly closed. It re-opened in 1933 with wider programming, re-introducing vaudeville, and maintained a solid calendar until 1947. Throughout the 1950s and beyond the Orpheum reacted to changes in popular live entertainment, and in addition to screening movies it hosted vaudeville, comedy, theatre and music concerts of all varieties.

A major refurbishment was undertaken in 2001 and the Orpheum is now arguably the best-preserved theatre of its era in Los Angeles. Original features were retained and of particular note are the theatre’s annunciators: small windows positioned at either side of the Proscenium Arch containing cards indicating the current performing act. Very few vaudeville theatres have retained their annunciators, might the Orpheum be the only such example on the west coast of the US?

 Movie, TV & Music Video Appearances

Movies

Television

Music Videos

Documentary

Award Shows

 Listed/Landmark Building Status

 How do I visit the Orpheum Theatre?

The Orpheum does not offer its own tours however below are some options for potentially seeing a bit more of the theatre than by simply attending one of the many and varied commercial events it hosts:

Information correct as of March 2017.

Upcoming Special Events
“Rebecca”

“Rebecca” (22nd June 2019, 8pm)

The Los Angeles Conservancy presents 2019’s “Last Remaining Seats” program.

“Rebecca” (1940) is a romantic psychological thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, telling the story of a young woman who marries a fascinating widower only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years earlier.

LA Conservancy member presale (tickets $18) begins Wednesday, March 27 at 10am. General public sales (tickets $22) begin on Wednesday, April 10 at 10am.

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A Day with Laurel & Hardy

A Day with Laurel & Hardy (22nd June 2019, 2pm)

The Los Angeles Conservancy presents 2019’s “Last Remaining Seats” program.

Two classic Laurel & Hardy films will be shown: “The Battle of the Century” (1927), a silent movie with live accompaniment on the Orpheum’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ; and “Sons of the Desert” (1933).

LA Conservancy member presale (tickets $18) begins Wednesday, March 27 at 10am. General public sales (tickets $22) begin on Wednesday, April 10 at 10am.

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 Further Reading

Online

Books

 Technical Information

Flying System
Bar Length 52ft
Grid Height 60ft 10in
Linesets 20 @ 750lbs per lineset
Pin Rail Location Stage Left
Stage Dimensions
Apron Depth 3ft
Proscenium Height 28ft 6in
Proscenium Width 50ft
Stage Depth 29ft from setting line to rear wall
Width, wall to wall 81ft
Historic Photos & Documents

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 Photos of the Orpheum Theatre

Auditorium

Auditorium Closeups

Exterior

Public Areas

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