- Orpheum (Vancouver)
The Orpheum Theatre Location 884 Granville Street Vancouver, British Columbia Type Music venue (former movie palace) Opened November 7, 1927 Closed November, 1975 and Reopened April 2, 1977 Owner The City of Vancouver (formerly owned by Famous Players) Former name(s) New Orpheum Capacity 2780National Historic Site of Canada
The Orpheum is a theatre and music venue in Vancouver, British Columbia. Along with the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and the Vancouver Playhouse, it is part of the Vancouver Civic Theatres group of live performance venues. The Orpheum is located on Granville Street near Smithe Street in Vancouver's downtown core.
Designed by Scottish architect Marcus Priteca, the theatre officially opened on November 7, 1927 as a vaudeville house, but it hosted its first shows the previous day. The old Orpheum, at 761 Granville Street, was renamed the Vancouver Theatre (later the Lyric, then the International Cinema, then the Lyric once more before it closed for demolition in 1969 to make way for the first phase of the Pacific Centre project). The New Orpheum, which was the biggest theatre in Canada when it opened in 1927, with three thousand seats, cost $1.25 million to construct. The first manager of the theatre was William A. Barnes.
Following the end of vaudeville's heyday in the early 1930s, the Orpheum became primarily a movie house under Famous Players ownership, although it would continue to host live events on occasion. Ivan Ackery managed the Orpheum during most of this period, from 1935 up until his 1969 retirement.
In 1973, for economic reasons, Famous Players decided to gut the inside of the Orpheum and change it into a multiplex. A "Save the Orpheum" public protest and fundraising campaign was launched, which even Jack Benny flew in to help with, and the Orpheum was saved. On March 19, 1974, the City of Vancouver bought the theatre for $7.1 million, with $3.1 million coming from the city itself, and $1.5 million from each of the provincial and federal governments. The Orpheum closed in November 1975 and a renovation and restoration was done by the architectural company Thomson, Berwick, Pratt and Partners. It re-opened on April 2, 1977 and has since been the permanent home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Tony Heinsbergen, a U.S. designer who originally chose the color scheme for the interior (ivory, moss green, gold and burgundy) was brought back, fifty years later, for the renovation. In 1983, an additional entrance was opened on Smithe Street.
In 2006, the Capitol Residences development was proposed for the old Capitol 6 cinema adjacent to the Orpheum. The City of Vancouver gave the developer permission for extra height and density on their site in return for a major expansion to the Orpheum, including a long desired back stage area. This was the largest amenities trade in the history of the city, and will increase the usability of the facility.
- List of heritage buildings in Vancouver
- List of concert halls
- Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
- Peter Wall
- ^ The History of Metropolitan Vancouver: B. Marcus Priteca Retrieved on 2008-06-01.
- ^ a b c Welcome to the Orpheum Retrieved on 2008-06-01.
- ^ a b c The History of Metropolitan Vancouver:1927 Retrieved on 2008-06-01.
- ^ Four Orpheums Retrieved on 2008-06-01.
- ^ a b c The Vancouver Board of Trade Sounding Board (January-February 1998) Retrieved on 2008-06-04.
- ^ a b c d Orpheum facts Retrieved on 2008-06-07.
- ^ The History of Metropolitan Vancouver: Ivan Ackery (Part II) Retrieved on 2008-06-01.
- ^ The History of Metropolitan Vancouver: Ivan Ackery (Part III) Retrieved on 2008-06-01.
- ^ a b The Puget Sound Pipeline Online: The Capitol. Retrieved on 2008-06-01.
- ^ Orpheum Theatre The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved on 2008-06-07.
- ^ Cinema Treasures: Orpheum Theatre Retrieved on 2008-06-01.
- ^ The History of Metropolitan Vancouver:Tony Heinsbergen Retrieved on 2008-06-01.
- ^ Capitol Residences, Vancouver / Emporis.com
- ^ Mackie, John. "Neon glow on Granville sign of past, future", June 21, 2002 Vancouver Sun
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Orpheum — is a name often used for theatres or other entertainment venues. It may refer to: Theaters Australia Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Sydney, Australia Canada Orpheum (Vancouver) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Germany Orpheum Dresden… … Wikipedia
Orpheum Circuit — Orpheum Circuit, Inc., was a company started by Martin Beck who owned a series of vaudeville theaters and motion picture theaters. Contents 1 The company 2 Earlier Orpheum Circuit 3 Theatres still operating … Wikipedia
Orpheum Circuit, Inc. — Orpheum Circuit, Inc. was a company started by Martin Beck who owned a series of vaudeville theatres and motion picture theatres. Orpheum Circuit, Inc. was incorporated on December 22, 1919, under the laws of the State of Delaware with a… … Wikipedia
Vancouver — Skyline von Vancouver … Deutsch Wikipedia
Vancouver Public Library — Established 1869 … Wikipedia
Vancouver City Hall — General information Type City hall Architectural style … Wikipedia
Vancouver City Centre Station — Vancouver City Centre Station, formerly called Robson Station, is a subway station currently under construction on the rapid transit Canada Line in Vancouver, Canada. The station is due to open when the Canada Line opens, in… … Wikipedia
Vancouver — This article is about the Canadian city. For other uses, see Vancouver (disambiguation). Vancouver City City of Vancouver … Wikipedia
Vancouver — /van kooh veuhr/, n. 1. George, 1758 98, English explorer. 2. a large island in SW Canada, off the SW coast of British Columbia. 410,188; 12,408 sq. mi. (32,135 sq. km). 3. a seaport in SW British Columbia, on the Strait of Georgia opposite SE… … Universalium
Vancouver Recital Society — The Vancouver Recital Society is one of Vancouver’s major presenters of classical and chamber music, offering a platform for fans to see both new and established, high profile talent perform in the best venues in Vancouver. The Vancouver Recital… … Wikipedia