Orpheum Theatre

842 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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UKuser on November 2, 2005 at 12:38 am


T'he Los Angeles Theatre' on South Broadway, LA is playing host to the UK television show ‘Dead Famous LIVE’. We are currently looking for people who would like to come along as part of the studio audience.

‘Dead Famous LIVE’ is a studio entertainment show all about Hollywood History and the paranormal. We will be welcoming celebrity guests on to the show and investigating famous locations around Hollywood which are rumoured to be haunted including the Los Angeles Theatre itself.

This is an invaluable chance to get access to the Los Angeles Theatre, the place where Charlie Chaplin’s ‘City Lights’ premiered in 1931 and to have a thoroughly great day out! (And its free!!)

We’re transmitting ‘Live’ back to the United Kingdom so expect it to be exciting and fun!

We will be filming on three days from 11th – 13th November between 11.30am – 4pm. If you are interested in coming on one or all of these days then email me for tickets!


I look forward to your responses!

kencmcintyre on September 24, 2005 at 2:15 pm

The end of vaudeville at the Orpheum, 1949, courtesy of the LA Library:


Bway on September 15, 2005 at 7:18 am

Unfortunately, cinematreasures no longer seems to accept photos.
You can try free www.photobucket.com and then post the links to your uploaded photos here. That’s seems to be the site of choice around here. But you can also try webshots, or other free photo sites too. I just happen to like photobucket.

GeorgeStrum on September 13, 2005 at 5:46 pm

To show photographic evidence of my last statement I will need to learn how to post such photos onto this site and I don’t know how. If someone can email me or message here how photos can be placed on Cinematreasures let me know. Thanks.

Bway on August 29, 2005 at 9:01 am

You don’t have to register for anything.
Here’s the direct link:

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Patsy on August 29, 2005 at 7:12 am

I think one must register on the Cinema Tour forum site to view the message in regards to ghosts and theatres. I do hope this clears up the matter for all of us thanks to a fellow CT member.

Patsy on August 29, 2005 at 7:00 am

Valencia: This from a CT member in regards to my previous post…“When I read your words above about ‘ghosts having souls’ I thought that I should warn you that they are not what they may seem, and are certainly not "souls” if one is using the Bible-based meaning of the word. Please read my message below, which I left on the www.CinemaTour.com web site about this subject, and I think you will be relieved to know how to avoid a definite danger for your own good and that of others.“ Valencia, the message mentioned in the above quote is not included in this post due to the length so if you wish to read it go to www.CinemaTour.com and look under their THEATRE YAK forum.

Patsy on August 27, 2005 at 4:12 pm

Valencia: Most theatres have ghosts from their past. I know they have souls and could feel it upon entering the Fox Theatre in Atlanta during their 75th anniversary last Dec. 26, 2004. And I would love to see your photos with “orb” lights!

GeorgeStrum on August 27, 2005 at 4:07 pm

The Orpheum is said to be haunted. Pictures that I and others have taken in the auditorium on a recent visit can attest to the “orb” lights seen on the prints that they may be some enitities. Like everything else you either believe it or don’t.

Manwithnoname on June 2, 2005 at 11:11 am

Last night was this year’s opening program for the Last Remaining Seats series. The film was “Ninotchka” including a Tex Avery cartoon and a newsreel and followed a one hour concert on the last remaining theater organ on Broadway. The theater was almost full. I was able to obtain a membership in the conservancy for $35 which included a free 2-disc set of “Meet Me in St. Louis” on DVD. Copies of the book “The Last Remaining Seats” were also on sale. A night to remember. Next show will be “Son of the Shiek”.

orpheumed on May 12, 2005 at 4:14 pm

Yes, the Akon video was filmed at the Orpheum in Los Angeles.

RobertR on March 4, 2005 at 11:17 am

I just found another pic that shows it’s the premiere of Collateral with Tom Cruise. I didnt know they had premieres downtown again.

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RobertR on March 4, 2005 at 11:16 am

There seems to be a premiere or a shoot going on in this night time pic

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DonSolosan on February 22, 2005 at 2:31 pm

“Wings,” the first movie to win the Academy Award for best picture, will be showing July 2nd with Bob Mitchell playing the Wurlitzer, if anyone’s looking for an excuse to visit this great theater. Tickets go on sale May 1st. According to their flyer, more info at:


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Ken Roe on February 22, 2005 at 1:14 pm

On my recent visit to Los Angeles I went to the screening of the 1924 silent version of “The Thief of Bagdad” starring Douglas Fairbanks and Anna May Wong. The film (running time 150 minutes) was acompanied by Bob Salisbury brilliantly playing the score on the Wurlitzer 3Manual/14 Rank theatre pipe organ.

An audience of around 500 attended a memorable evening in this wonderfully restored vaudeville/movie palace.

William on February 22, 2005 at 12:55 pm

Yes, That’s the Orpheum.

Bway on February 22, 2005 at 12:06 pm

Is this the Orpheum Theater that is used currently in some car commercial that has this excited person thinking that they are a big “star” as they run into the theater, but then to their disappointment all their screaming “fans” were really screaming because of the car that pulled up in front of the Orpheum. If it is, it’s an amazingly beautiful neon marquee.

Patsy on February 10, 2005 at 12:05 pm

Sam_e: I agree! What a bunch of strange idol wha-ta-bes! I do have a few favorites that I believe will make the race to the final round though!

PGlenat on February 10, 2005 at 10:52 am

Hmph. Perhaps they should leave the organ alone and relocate the bunch from American Idol to the ‘animal room’ and do everyone a favor.

DonSolosan on February 10, 2005 at 10:39 am

They move the organ to what used to be the “animal room” — from when they were a vaudeville house with acts featuring live animals.

Patsy on February 9, 2005 at 7:20 pm

Yes, another week of tryouts at the Orpheum! I thought the 4th season was going to literally crash and burn when Simon and Paula got into a fight over that one group of male singers! Oh well, at least we’re all getting to see the beautifully restored Orpheum, but believe the organ may have been removed as I can’t seem to spot it when the camera shows the stage and the first row of seats.

William on February 9, 2005 at 6:45 pm

Well it looks like the Orpheum Theatre is the location again for the Los Angeles tryouts for the show “American Idol”. It’s on the Fox network.

JimRankin on February 9, 2005 at 7:31 am

For those who might be going to Los Angeles this summer to see theatres, you might as well join the Conclave tour of the Theatre Historical Society, details of which are on their site at: www.HistoricTheatres.org You don’t have to be a member, but you must register by the dates shown. On the tour, youy will some 20 theatres both inside and out, top to bottom in most cases! Bon Voyage!

Patsy on February 8, 2005 at 5:59 pm

William: Ok, thanks! And if I ever get to LA, THIS theatre will be definite must-see!

Patsy on February 8, 2005 at 5:55 pm

br91975: The official website is very special and offers a wonderful enlarged photo of the theatre with its organ near the stage! Thanks!!!