Orpheum Theatre

842 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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kencmcintyre on December 29, 2006 at 6:01 am

Vaudeville was still going strong at the Orpheum in 1934:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 23, 2006 at 1:21 pm

Bway: The particular Tally’s Broadway across from the Orpheum and near the Majestic is listed at Cinema Treasures. Its location is now occupied by a 1929 addition to the former May Company department store.

Bway on October 23, 2006 at 12:05 pm

Ohh! So that’s where Tally’s was, right across from the Orpheum.
I am planning to be in Los Angeles early next year, I have to check out what’s there now.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 20, 2006 at 11:39 am

Ken: not only the Majestic but, a couple of doors farther up, Tally’s Broadway Theatre was still in operation as can be seen by the blade signs above either side of its entrance.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 20, 2006 at 11:32 am

Ken: not only the Majestic but, a couple of doors farther up, Tally’s Broadway Theatre was still in operation as can be seen by the blade signs above either side of its entrance.

kencmcintyre on October 20, 2006 at 8:05 am

Here is a photo of the Orpheum under construction. The Majestic is across the street:

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on September 24, 2006 at 6:31 am

You are falling down on the job Lost Memory. :)

What about all these great interior exposues?

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GWaterman on July 23, 2006 at 3:18 pm

That’s a great view, Bway. Actually, two weeks ago I was on the triangular corner where Spring and Main converge, right behind the Orpheum, and you can clearly see the theatre roof.

I took the LA Conservancy tour yesterday, and we saw this theatre. Because I posted a lengthy description above, I will not repeat myself. Only I have to say that our tour group was lucky enough to have the theatre manager present to open the doors, and he gave us a wonderful talk about the organ. It was certainly nice of him to spend his Saturday waiting to let us in; it was even nicer of him to spend some time answering our questions and talking to us.

Bway on June 12, 2006 at 6:24 am

The Orpheum is an interesting building. It’s a U shaped building, with the theater auditorium itself in the middle. Here’s an aerial view to see it better:

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GWaterman on June 8, 2006 at 3:36 pm

We attended the “Last Remaining Seats” event last night, which featured Judy Garland an James Mason in “A Star is Born.” The theatre itself is just a gem, so beautiful. The balcony, where we sat for the film, is quite steeply raked. There are 3 “opera boxes” on either side of the house, reminding me very much of the Orpheum in Memphis, TN. The boxes are accessible from the balcony or from a stairway from the orchestra level. For the event, there was a performance at the organ, which was just wonderful. It was great to sit in the opera box right below the organ pipes and watch/hear them operate. The valance over the main drape as well as those over the organ screens appear to be the original fabric, while the main drape appears new. There are two lighting trusses hung in front of the stage, but they are fortunately high enough to not be too instrusive. There is a balcony-rail lighting position installed that obscures the decoration along the balcony front.

The lobby is in beautiful shape, although there are oddly shaped upholstered banquettes that (although fun) must not be original to the theatre. The upper level of the balcony is also very nice. I assume the carpet is a reproduction, but it’s nicely done. The chandeliers in the auditorium and in the lobby are functioning and nicely restored.

As an event space, the Orpheum is very versatile. The auditorium is lovely, the lobby is spacious, and the foyer is quite nice. The enclosed box office was in use for the event. Adjacent to the lobby is a larger room that housed a bar/concession stand, but was also large enough to serve as a reception area. This room is not ornate, but rather plain-vanilla. There is a lounge space on the basement lower level, all dark wood and tile, with a fireplace and furnishings. There is a well-equipped bar off this space. The lower level ladies' room has been recently updated; lots of stalls and well-functioning.

For the film showing, I am curious whether the projectors were original to the theatre, or brought in. One machine had problems with focus and with the audio. In general, the sound was pretty bad, at least for us in the balcony. There is a modern-looking center cluster hung in front of the stage. I don’t know if this is a “house” system or brought in for the event, but it was not adequate. Also, when the program began with introductory remarks, the speaker’s voice came only through two side speakers, and was almost inaudible in the balcony. Again, I don’t know whether these arrangements were made just for this event or whether this is the usual house set-up.

Still, you have to give the Conservancy a lot of credit for doing this. All in all, a wonderful night.

William on May 2, 2006 at 2:16 pm

You can also see the Orpheum in the new Extra gum commercial with the opera setting. And the Orpheum can also be seen the Los Angeles part of American Idol show on Fox.

sdoerr on April 9, 2006 at 3:57 pm

I believe this is the marquee to the Orpheum you see in the new Coke commercial.

rollingacres on March 30, 2006 at 7:57 pm

This theater has a good bit of airtime in the 1993 Schwarzenegger film, Last Action Hero.

kencmcintyre on December 5, 2005 at 5:24 am

Orpheum #3 is actually the Palace. An oversight on my part.

kencmcintyre on December 3, 2005 at 3:54 pm

This is an undated interior photo from Orpheum #3:


kencmcintyre on December 3, 2005 at 3:37 pm

This is another photo from 1911, which again refers to #3 at 630 S. Broadway:


kencmcintyre on December 3, 2005 at 3:35 pm

Here is the chronology for the Orpheum as discussed by the LA Library. I know that the original was at 110 S. Main, not 125. This picture is supposed to be Orpheum #3 in 1911, at 630 S. Broadway.

An exterior view of Orpheum Theater #3 as seen from across the street. Includes cards, street car and a building down the street with the name “Mullen & Bluett Clothing Co.” and behind that “Walter P. Story Building.”

There were four theaters named Orpheum. The first at 125 S. Main Street; the second at 227 S. Spring Street; the third at 630 S. Broadway; and the fourth (and present one) at 842 S. Broadway.


kencmcintyre on December 3, 2005 at 3:16 pm

Interior, 1932. The LA Library notes the presence of the “world’s largest handwoven rug”.


kencmcintyre on December 2, 2005 at 2:40 pm

Here is an interesting photo from the LA Library, circa 1930. Vaudevill would already be on its last legs as talking pictures began in 1927: