Orpheum (Vancouver)

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The Orpheum Theatre
Orpheum Theatre Vancouver View Of Stage.jpg
The inside of the theatre
Location 884 Granville Street Vancouver, British Columbia
Coordinates 49°16′48″N 123°07′13″W / 49.280096°N 123.120196°W / 49.280096; -123.120196Coordinates: 49°16′48″N 123°07′13″W / 49.280096°N 123.120196°W / 49.280096; -123.120196
Type Music venue (used to be a movie palace)
Opened November 7, 1927
Owner The City of Vancouver (used to be owned by Famous Players)
Closed November, 1975
April 2, 1977
Capacity 2,780
Website Official website

The Orpheum is a theatre and music venue. It is located on 884 Granville Street in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Orpheum is a part of the Vancouver Civic Theatres group of live performance venues along with the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Vancouver Playhouse. It was opened on November 7, 1927 as a vaudeville house although they had their first show the day before.[1] When it opened in 1927, The Orpheum was the biggest theatre in Canada, had three thousand seats and cost $1.25 million to build.[2] When vaudeville was slowing down from its popularity, the Orpheum found new owners in Famous Players and became mainly a movie house but hosted live events every now and then.

In 1973, Famous Players wanted to turn the place into a multiplex because of economic reasons.[3] There was a "Save the Orpheum" public protest that was launched, which Jack Benny flew in to help with.[4] The Orpheum was then saved.

It is the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.[1] The Orpheum was designated a National Historic Site of Canada on November 15, 1979.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "History of the Orpheum". City of Vancouver. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  2. "The History of the Metropolitan Vancouver - 1927 Chronology". Vancouver History. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  3. "The End". The Puget Sound Pipeline Online. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  4. "Jack Benny with the Vancouver symphony orchestra : a benefit for the Orpheum theatre, April 15, 1974". City of Vancouver Archives. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  5. "Orpheum Theatre". Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 

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