Orpheum Theatre - Memphis, Tennessee
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 35° 08.409 W 090° 03.296
15S E 768323 N 3892556
Quick Description: Historic theater located in Memphis, Tennessee.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 2/13/2008 8:08:34 PM
Waymark Code: WM35K4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member deano1943
Views: 40

Long Description:

"In 1928, at a cost of $1.6 million, a new Orpheum was built on the original site of the Grand, but it was a different theater. The new Orpheum is twice as large as her predecessor and opulently decorated. Lavish tasseled brocade draperies, enormous crystal chandeliers, gilded moldings, and the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ are just a few of its new amenities.

As vaudeville's popularity waned, the Orpheum was purchased by the Malco movie theater chain in 1940 and presented first run movies until 1976 when Malco decided to sell the building. There was even talk of demolishing the old theater to build an office complex. However, in 1977 the Memphis Development Foundation purchased the Orpheum and began bringing Broadway productions and concerts back to the Theatre.

Fifty-four years had taken a toll on the “South's Finest Theatre.” The Orpheum was closed on Christmas in 1982 to begin a $5 million renovation to restore its 1928 opulence. A grand reopening celebration was held in January of 1984, and it signaled the rebirth of entertainment in downtown Memphis. " ~ Orpheum website

Street address:
197 S. Main St.
Memphis, Tennessee USA

County / Borough / Parish: Shelby County

Year listed: 1977

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1925-1949

Historic function: Recreation And Culture - Theater

Current function: Recreation And Culture - Theater

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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