Orpheum Theatre Madison History
The Orpheum Theatre first opened in 1926 by Rapp and Rapp, an influential architecture
firm from nearby Chicago who decided to give the building's exterior an art deco design while the interior displayed more
of a French Renaissance influence. There have been relatively few changes done to the theater over the years so much of the
original spirit of the building remains. The venue was originally used as a venue for theater and performing arts but now
primarily is used for concerts but still occasionally hosts musicals. These days the Orpheum stands as one of the top musical
venues in all of Madison and draws huge crowds to all of its shows.
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While it has
had a variety of functions over the years, Orpheum Theatre now serves as one of the finest music venues in the Madison area.
Big time acts have always come to Madison to play at the Orpheum including Bob Marley and Frank Sinatra. Shows by top selling
acts like Sevendust, The 1975, Neko Case, and Lindsey Stirling and more all take place at the Orpheum Theatre when they come
to Madison. If you are looking for a night full of incredible music in the Madison, look no further than the historic Orpheum
Madison is the capital and second largest city in Wisconsin. The city was
ranked second in the nation in terms of education and in addition to the University of Wisconsin is home to three other institutions
of higher learning including Madison Media Institute, Madison Area Technical College, and Edgewood College. It is regularly
ranked as one of the best places in the country to live and was chosen the number one place in the United States to live in
1996. The Madison Symphony Orchestra, The Madison Opera, Forward Theater, and other performing arts companies provide ample
cultural opportunities for residents and visitors to Madison.
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has a seating capacity of 1,700 after renovations in the Sixties added another theater and reduced seating by 700. As a concert
venue it now has a world class light and sound system that makes for unforgettable concerts when some of the best performers
in music come to town. There is simply no better place in the Madison area to catch a concert, and with the wide variety of
high quality performers who come to Orpheum Theatre there is sure to be something of interest to you regardless of your musical
Orpheum Theatre was added to Wisconsin's National Registry of Historic Places and was the
first building in the city to have air conditioning. The air conditioner was so large that it took an entire room in the basement
to hold it. In 2004 the theater was almost burnt to the ground in an attempted arson which was the third attempt on the building
and part of a series of fires that also burned down O'Cayz Corral and Club deWash. The theater serves food every day from
its lounge and hosts the annual Madison International Film Festival.