Champaign Orpheum Theatre enters Pepsi Refresh Project

posted by jwballer on November 9, 2010 at 8:50 am

CHAMPAIGN, IL — The Orpheum Theatre is in the running to be chosen as part of the Pepsi Refresh Project.

The Orpheum Theatre opened in 1914 as part of vaudeville’s legendary Orpheum Circuit, staging performances by the likes of Will Rogers and Harry Houdini. Its interior featured a breathtaking model of the Versailles Opera House. But by 1989 the theater had been abandoned, forgotten until it was purchased as a site for a parking deck. Then the community began a preservation effort.

Read more at Pepsi Refresh.

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