The inside of the theatre
|Location||884 Granville Street Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Owner||The City of Vancouver (used to be owned by Famous Players)|
|Type||Music venue (used to be a movie palace)|
|Opened||November 7, 1927|
April 2, 1977
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. When it opened in 1927, The Orpheum was the biggest theatre in Canada, had three thousand seats and cost $1.25 million to build. 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. There was a "Save the Orpheum" public protest that was launched, which Jack Benny flew in to help with. The Orpheum was then saved.
References[change | change source]
- "History of the Orpheum". City of Vancouver. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
- "The History of the Metropolitan Vancouver - 1927 Chronology". Vancouver History. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
- "The End". The Puget Sound Pipeline Online. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
- "Jack Benny with the Vancouver symphony orchestra : a benefit for the Orpheum theatre, April 15, 1974". City of Vancouver Archives. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
- "Orpheum Theatre". Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2014-06-15.