Orpheum Theatre (Los Angeles)

Orpheum Theatre (Los Angeles)

Infobox Theatre
name = Los Angeles Theater

caption = The Orpheum Theatre marquee
address = 842 South Broadway
city = Los Angeles
country = USA
designation =
latitude =
longitude =
architect = G. Albert Lansburgh
owner =
capacity = 2000
type =
opened = February 15, 1926
yearsactive =
rebuilt = 1989
closed =
othernames =
production =
currentuse = concerts, movie premiers, location shoots
website = www.laorpheum.com/
The Orpheum Theatre on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, California, opened on February 15, 1926 as the fourth and final Los Angeles venue for the Orpheum vaudeville circuit.Citation | last = Geffner | first = David | author-link = David Geffner | title = Screen Gems | journal = Westways | volume = 100 | issue = 1 | pages =62-65 | date = January/February 2008 | year = 2008] After a $3 million renovation, started in 1989, it is the most restored of the historical movie palaces in the city.

The Orpheum has a Beaux Arts facade designed by movie theater architect G. Albert Lansburgh and has a Mighty Wurlitzer organ, installed in 1928, one of three pipe organs remaining in Southern California venues.

Soon after it was opened, it was a popular venue for burlesque queen Sally Rand, the Marx Brothers, Will Rogers, Judy Garland (singing with her family as Francis "Baby" Gumm) and comedian Jack Benny, as well as jazz greats Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. In the 1960s the theatre held rock and roll concerts featuring Little Richard, Aretha Franklin and Little Stevie Wonder. The restored Orpheum Theatre is now a venue for live concerts, movie premieres and location shoots.cite web | title = Orpheum Theatre History | url = http://www.laorpheum.com/history.html | accessdate =2008-01-18 ] Broadcasts of "American Idol" and filming of "The Last Action Hero" and "Transformers" were hosted here. The Orpheum also appeared as a arena in the 2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. In the 2007–2008 film "In Search of a Midnight Kiss", Wilson (Scoot McNairy) and Vivian (Sara Simmonds) do a quick tour of the Orpheum on their "first date." The love metal band HIM played there for their CD/DVD live album Digital Versatile Doom.

The Orpheum theatres are named for the Greek god Orpheus.

ee also

*Broadway Theater and Commercial District


External links

* [http://www.laorpheum.com/ Orpheum Theatre website]

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