The Opulent Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix
In June of 2008, I had the pleasure of seeing a Tom Waits show at the historic Orpheum Theatre, located in Phoenix, Arizona. This theatre not only brought awe and wonder as I wandered down one of its many hallways, but it also gave me a much needed respect for the age of the building itself.
This venue has amazing architecture and beautifully painted walls inside. The lighting inside is also done beautifully and creates a pleasant atmosphere. The building has touches of Spanish and Italian décor that enhance the mood inside the theatre.
This theatre was originally constructed in 1929 and was the last great construction shortly before the emergence of the Great Depression. This theatre has a seating capacity of 1,364 altogether which includes the main floor, balcony and the orchestra pit. Another special feature that the Orpheum Theatre has is its four lobbies. There is the main ground lobby and the three additional lobbies, which have all been restored to their original states.
Another fun fact for the Orpheum Theatre is it is home to the Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ. This theatre is also ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant.
This theatre acquired the nickname “The Grand Dame of Movies” when motion pictures were first coming out and becoming an entertainment priority. Many Broadway performances have been performed on the Orpheum stage, with the greatest comeback during the 1960’s.
Orpheum Theatre is also on the National Register of Historic Places list. But don’t let the age of this theatre fool you! They have state-of-the-art audio and visual technology which has led to their prosperous amounts of entertainers booking shows in their venue.
They also do FREE public tours! I would definitely recommend this theatre if you are ever in the area.
Orpheum Theatre is located at 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, Arizona 85003. Contact phone number is 1-800-282-4842.
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