The Orpheum Theater in Phoenix, AZ is one of the oldest and most treasured theaters in the country. It
was built in the early 1920s, and was the premiere location for vaudeville acts in Phoenix. It also acted as a movie house,
screening the earliest forms of the film medium. Construction began on the historic theater in 1927. It was the project of
builders J.E. Rickards and Harry Nace for the hefty price tag of $750,000. It was designed with in the Spanish medieval-style
of architecture, marrying old-world with the newest form of entertainment.
During its vaudeville days, the Orpheum played
host to some of the most famous performers of all time. The first entertainment event at the theater was hailed by the local
newspaper as an "epoch in Phoenix history." During the Depression and World War II, the theater provided a much-needed escape
from the realities and hardships of life during those difficult times in history. The Orpheum was converted into a movie house
in the 1960s, and spent four decades showing the latest films. But after many years as a movie house, the theater fell into
disrepair. But in 1986, the theater was closed to begin extensive renovations. Then in 1987, the Junior League of Phoenix
pledged $50,000 to jump start the revitalization of the historic landmark. The renovations took more than 12 years to complete
and more than $14 million, but it was worth the wait. Since 1997, the theater has been the home to some of the most exciting
live performances in the state. And with the old world charm of the 1920s, visitors can't help but be wowed by this amazing
centerpiece of downtown Phoenix.
While many of the events presented at the historic Orpheum
Theater are entertaining and enchanting, there's nothing like the venue's holiday shows to brighten your Christmas season.
Come out and see stunningly beautiful events like the Ballet and Friends present "Nutcracker" or breathtaking musical performances
from Mannheim Steamroller. If you're looking for something a little more rock and roll, then come out to one of the Live Nation
presents events. You are sure to see some of the hottest bands around. And if you're in the mood for a night of comedy, then
get down to the Orpheum to catch comedians like Margaret Cho dish out some hilarious, and sometimes inappropriate, humor.
There's something for everyone at the Orpheum Theater Phoenix.
The historic Orpheum Theater
is located in the iconic desert town of Phoenix, Arizona. The city is the largest city in its home state, and serves as the
state's capital. The historic city has been a breeding ground for famous politicians like Barry Goldwater, William Rehnquist,
John McCain, Carl Hayden and Sandra Day O'Connor. This bustling town that encompasses more than 500 square miles, is situated
in the northeaster portion of the Sonoran Desert. Its subtropical climate makes it the perfect vacation spot for out-of-town
visitors, and a luxurious place to call home.
Phoenix is a thriving city where modern conveniences and culture meet.
The city was founded on the backs of farmers and agricultural workers, but now the leading employer for resident Phoenicians
is the government. The city is also the site of four Fortune 500 companies including PetSmart and Honeywell. Phoenix is also
home to multiple cultural and performing arts centers including the Orpheum Theatre, the Phoenix Metropolitan Opera and the
US Airways Center.
The historic theater, which is a part of the Phoenix Convention Center
family, has the capacity to entertain more than 1,300 guests at the same time. There are several seating options for those
who come to watch a comedian, a live band, a symphony performance or a famous ballet, and every seat in the house is a good
one. The theater has two levels: the main floor and the balcony level. The main floor seats more than 1,000 guests, and includes
great sightlines and excellent acoustics. The balcony seats more than 300 and offers visitors the chance to be close to the
beautiful carvings and decorative elements of the historic theater. There is also an orchestra pit that can seat up to 26
And while the seats closest to the stage will get you a slightly better view of the performers on stage, the
upper levels and the sections further back inside the theater still allow visitors to be close to the action. And with heavy,
luxurious fabrics both on your seat and on stage, you will get the royal experience with every show.
Orpheum Theater has a long and storied history, and was the site of many amazing moments in entertainment history. When moving
pictures were first becoming a popular form of entertainment, the Orpheum became a famous location for screenings of new films.
It earned the nickname "The Grand Dame of Movies." And in the 1960s, the popularity of Broadway shows soared. The theater
earned more recognition when it offer high-caliber shows featuring some of Broadway's biggest stars.