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Orpheum Theatre


2001 Photo from the Bob Meza collection.
842 S Broadway
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles) CA 90014
(213) 239-0939

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Record #2132  
 Opened: February 15, 1926
Capacity: 2350 seats
Architect(s): G Albert Lansburgh
Architectural Style(s): Beaux Arts; French Renaissance
National Register:
Current Organ: 3/14 Wurlitzer
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Metropolitan Theatres

In 1926, this theater became the fourth and final home of the Orpheum vaudeville circuit in Los Angeles. The exterior of the 12-story building is Beaux Arts in style. As with its former home at the Palace, G. Albert Lansburgh again used a French theme for the interior. The downstairs lounge is a bit more restrained, with paneling, a mock fireplace and a Spanish tile floor.

The last of the theater organs remaining on Broadway was installed at the Orpheum in 1928. The thirteen rank, three manual Wurlitzer has metal and wood pipes that can simulate over 14,000 orchestral sounds and sound effects. It was restored to working order and is maintained by the Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society.

The Orpheum closed its doors as a first-run movie house in 2001 and underwent a $3 million restoration under the supervision of Steve Needleman of Anjac Fashion Buildings, whose family has owned the building since 1964. All of the rigging for lighting and sound in the auditorium can be completely removed to give the auditorium an authentic 1920s appearance for film shoots or any future restoration.

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May 2003 photos from the Adam Martin collection.


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August 2001 photos from the Bob Meza collection.


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November 1995 photos from the Darren Snow collection.


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Last featured 10/9/2003. Last edited 7/31/2010.


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