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Orpheum Theater San Francisco

History

San Francisco, California is the cultural hub of the West Coast. It's cultural diversity is plentiful and its history enthralling. When today's biggest stage tours travel to the West Coast, the Orpheum Theater is always the go to venue in San Francisco. The Orpheum Theatre was built in 1926 to house the vaudeville performances of the famed Alexander Pentages, a famous producer who ran a circuit of theaters across the United States and Canada. The architecture was created by the famed B. Marcus Priteca, the Scottish architect who was a favorite of Pentages. Priteca designed the Orpheum in the style of a 12th century Spanish cathedral. Priteca built 28 total theaters for Pentages, with the Orpheum as one of his most prized. In addition to vaudeville, the theater was home to many silent films, and served as the main theater for all of San Francisco's audiences. When the Orpheum Theater opened, it was one of six theaters that lined Market Street, the main street of downtown San Francisco, that runs from the bay to the Civic Center.

In the middle of the century the Orpheum theater was the home of the San Francisco Civic Light Opera. In 1953, the theater was completely renovated to present Cinerama, which only lasted about a decade, after which the theater became a movie theater. In 1998, the theater went through a $20 million renovation and restoration to bring the theater up to date for its newest adventure, to house world class stage productions. The Orpheum Theater is now a member of the SHN, the premier theatrical production company in San Francisco, which makes the Orpheum its flagship theater of the three they own in the city, the others being the Curran and Golden Gate Theaters.


Events Hosted

The Orpheum Theater is the first destination for the highest profile tours that come through the Bay Area. It regularly welcomes first run musicals and theater productions, making it the top Broadway theater in the Bay Area. Besides being designated an Historic Landmark, the theater's claim to fame is its lack of dress code, making it truly a theater for everyone. It's focus is on bringing world class entertainment to San Francisco.

The smash hit musical Wickedmade it's pre-Broadway premier at San Francisco's Curran Theater, a sister theater to the Orpheum, in 2003. In 2009 after it had made it big on Broadway,Wicked made its triumphant return to the city where it all began and ran for two years at the Orpheum Theater. After becoming Broadway phenomenon, it was only natural thatWicked would return to where it debuted and the Orpheum Theater was the perfect home for this much anticipated run.

The Orpheum Theater has hosted many of the day's biggest shows, including Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, Avenue Q, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, American Idiot, Spamalot, Mamma Mia!, Billy Elliot: The Musical, and many, many more. Looking ahead, the Orpheum Theater will welcome such hits as The Book of Mormon, Once, The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and the revival of the beloved musical Pippin.


San Francisco, California

San Francisco is one of the most beloved cities in the world. It is home to the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the Wonders of the Modern World, and the most photographed bridge on the planet. San Francisco is known for its cable cars, rolling fog, amazing culinary arts and its culture. It is a city ripe with international flair, with Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Filipino and Hispanic neighborhoods spread throughout the city. It is one of the most walkable cities in the country, with something incredible to see around every corner.

There is no lack of culture in San Francisco, a city known for its contributions to music and the arts. In the 1960's "The City" was known for its hippie counterculture, where bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Janis Joplin got their start. It was also the home to famous beat writers like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. When you visit San Francisco, you will be hypnotized by its natural beauty, friendly faces, unique neighborhoods, amazing food, and its contributions to the musical arts.


Seating Layout

When the Orpheum Theater was purchased by SHN (Shorenstein Hays Nederlander), it completely renovated the San Francisco Historical Landmark, to be the perfect home for world class theater productions when they come to the Bay Area. Built in the likeness of a Spanish cathedral, the theater is an architectural marvel. The Orpheum is comprised of three levels, the Orchestra, Loge/Mezzanine, and Balcony. The theater was designed in such a manner that every seat has a great view of the stage, with no bad seats to be found. This elegant theater is the perfect place to see the biggest shows when they come to the city by the Bay.


Trivia

The Orpheum Theater hosts non-musical productions as well. Did you know that Conan O'Brien once hosted a week of shows from the Orpheum Theater forLate Night with Conan O'Brien? In April of 2007, Conan hosted his incredibly popular show from the Orpheum, giving the theater incredible exposure and helping show off its incredible beauty.

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